A baby elephant without trunk in South Africa fights for survival
A baby elephant with its trunk missing has been spotted at the Kruger National Park in South Africa, causing people to worry for its safety.
A baby elephant with its trunk missing is spotted at Kruger National Park in South Africa. [Photo: Screenshot from the video published on dailymail.co.uk]
An online video shows the baby animal wandering among a herd of adult elephants, without its critical body part, according to Daily Mail Online.
The video was shot by a group of safari workers, who said they didn't know why the baby elephant lost its trunk but it was likely ripped off by a lion or a crocodile.
It could also be possible that the calf had been caught in a snare and lost its trunk when it tried to get out of it.
The trunk is crucial for an elephant to survive, which is used for eating food, drinking water and breathing.
An adult elephant needs to eat 200-600 pounds of food and drinks up to 50 gallons of water per day.
It is nearly impossible for an elephant to have enough food or water without the use of its trunk.
Besides, the animals also use their trunks for social interactions, such as caressing and comforting fellow elephants.
An elephant without its tool to form bonds with other elephants could be driven out of its herd and become prey.