When it comes to protecting their young, elephants don’t mess around. While on a photographic safari, travellers to the Sabi Sands in South Africa witnessed just how protective elephants are when it comes to their babies.
A herd of elephants was traversing the road when a pack of wild dogs appears.
The elephants sound the alarm, as they have several calves in the herd. Rushing to surround the calves, the elephants create a circle and face down the dogs.
“Safari Guide Brent Leo-Smith came around the corner in Djuma Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands, South Africa and found a herd of elephants confronting a pack of wild dogs,” the videographer told ViralHog. “Elephants notoriously hate predators and were really not happy about these wild dogs being in their space.”
The elephants were most certainly upset by the canine predators but Leo-Smith says that he’s never heard of wild dogs attacking elephants (they are likely too large an animal to be considered prey). But the elephants aren’t taking any chances. Watch the encounter below:
Djuma Private Game Reserve is part of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, a private park bordering Kruger National Park and which does not allow hunting.