Baby Elephant Survives 14 Attacking Lions

Young elephant in Zambia strays from its mother and seems in great peril, but
holds its own and reunites with its herd; 'We've named the little fella Hercules'

By Pete Thomas,, November 11, 2014

    It would seem that a 1-year-old elephant would have no chance after becoming surrounded by 14 hungry lions.

    But not all baby elephants are of the same mettle, perhaps, and at least one young pachyderm is deserving of its
valiant new nickname: Hercules.

    That would be the elephant in the accompanying footage. According to the New York Post, it had strayed from
its mother but was able to fend off the lions and ultimately reunite with its herd.

    The Post uploaded the video Tuesday and viewers might find parts of the footage difficult to watch, as lions
can be seen using their sharp claws to climb onto the back of the elephant.

    But the footage, captured by a team journalists at the Norman Carr Safaris Chinzombo Camp in Zambia,
also shows the elephant turning the tide periodically by false-charging the lions to keep them at bay.

    The elephant, which probably learned some valuable lessons during the harrowing encounter, can be seen
using the water to its advantage. But it makes at least one painful mistake by becoming emboldened and exiting
the water, only to be attacked anew.

    "In the 30-plus years that I have been a safari guide in Zambia at the Luangwe Park, never have I seen anything
like this," said a guide named Innocent, who was with the group. "We were all so worried the baby elephant would
be killed right before us."

    Instead, the feisty mammal attained at least a small measure of fame, and a new moniker befitting only
the brave and strong.

    "We've named the little fella Hercules," Innocent said. "What a fighter." (Video; Poem)

Baby elephant struggles but manages to fend off 14 lions in Zambia

Baby Elephant Attacked by 10 Lions

Baby Elephant Attacked by 11 Lions

Lion on Elephant's Back & 10 Lions

Elephant to Water with Three Lions on Its Back

Baby Elephant Fights Back

Lions on Back & Tail of Elephant

Baby Elephant Chasing Lions

Baby Elephant Chasing Lions

Agitated Birds Flying Away

Agitated Birds Flying Away

Baby Elephant Turns to Attacking Lions

Baby Elephant Wants to Fight
the Lions Who Attacked Him

Nine Tired Lions Staying Away
from the Angry Baby Lion

Baby Elephant Chasing Hungry Lion
(Photo by Norman Carr/Caters News)

— Screen Shots & Photos Format by Peter Y. Chou, (11-13-2014)

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