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Elephant mother saves her calf from near drowning

June 10, 2013

What a great story! Addo Elephant park is absolutely amazing. I would recommend any visitor to South Africa take the time to make this a part of their adventure. I’ve never seen so many amazing elephants!

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Ian and Debbie McFarlane share their special sighting of an elephant herd helping a distressed calf.

Debbie and Ian live in Port Elizabeth and are regular visitors to Addo Elephant Park. They usually go for day trips, but a couple of weeks ago they camped at Addo for the weekend.

On Saturday morning 16 March, they went for an early game drive. They headed for the Hapoor Dam, via Gwarrie Pan and Rooidam. At Rooidam they saw a herd of buffalo wallowing in the mud. They got to Hapoor around 9 am and things were quite busy already. There were about 40 elephants in the vicinity of the waterhole.

Not long after the arrival, there was a commotion among a section of the herd that was standing at the edge of the dam. A lot of the ellies were very agitated, trumpeting and shuffling around. One of the SanParks

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