Fearless Mother elephant saves her babies from wild dogs
A wildlife photographer manage to capture this amazing moment when a fearless elephant fought and chased away a herd of 13 wild dogs to protect her calves.
Mithun Hunugund is from Bengaluru, Southern India. He was on a safari in Nagarhole National Park when he saw a pack of Asiatic wild dogs trying to ambush two elephant babies.
He took out his camera and started filming the situation. A female elephant ran towards the wild dogs. She was swinging her trunk, pouncing on the ground. She was trying to kick the predators away.
This 29-year-old photographer said to the media that as they say in the car with the covers unwrapped, they heard the hordes of Bonnet macaques all around us going haywire.
As they went a little further to find out what was causing those creatures’ anxiety, they saw a herd of 10 females and two calves gathering in the road and something walking towards them at a distance.
It was a pack of 13 wild dogs on a hunt for potential prey for their meal. The elephant heard has two small calves and because of the large size of the wild dog heard, those calves were potential prey.
First, those dogs tried to create chaos and try to separate the calves from the adults. Watching this was a stressful moment for all the people in Mithun’s team.
This photographer watched adult elephants create a barrier between their young and predators before the fearless female rushed in.
Asiatic wild dogs are also known as Dholes. They are popular for their effective hunting tactics and they’ll eat both much smaller and larger prey. These wild dogs are slightly built dogs. But they are smaller than the average domestic dog. They are endangered animals with smaller breeding numbers than wild tigers.
According to Mithun, once the elephant herd realized that dogs were around, they formed an impenetrable wall by surrounding both calves. While the situation is going on, one member of the elephant herd decided to follow the herd of wild dogs on her own so that could distract them and also gives time for the whole herd to move to a safe area.
So then the fearless mother elephant lunged at them and started kicking wet mud on each one of the wild dogs. Photographer said that it would be lying if he said that he doesn’t care, seeing tiny calves definitely makes you worry for their safety.
But at the end of the day, it is understandable that it is the law of the jungle. Some creatures have to die in order for others to survive. It is as simple as that.
If the wild dogs stop hunting, then they would start to starve, and also wild dog puppies which depend on them also would starve to death. That’s a thin line. But in this situation according to the photographer, the elephant’s brave effort paid off, and the wild dog herd eventually decided to withdraw from the elephant pack.
Mr. Mithun Hunugund has a particular interest in leopards. He has traveled extensively to capture wildlife with other nature lovers. Nagarhole National Park is home to a rich wildlife population. It got the name because of the river that flows through its center.
Mr. Mithun said that living in a city like Bengaluru is a blessing for a wildlife enthusiast like him. Having been born and raised in the jungle, the bug for wildlife developed at a very young age and only increased with time and age.
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