In an effort to remind her baby not to talk to strangers, this mama elephant pulls her curious little one back to safety, wrapping the babe up in her giant trunk.
Awwwww: mama elephants, they’re just like us.
Elephants are protective of each other, using their enormous size to charge at – and terrify – potential predators.
They’re also smart and communicative, using loud guttural sounds to scare would-be attackers and call other members of the herd to come help.
This National Geographic piece shows a mother elephant defending her baby from a pack of 14 wild dogs.
Elephants are considered “vulnerable” with their population shrinking by as much as 50% over the last five years in places like Tanzania, where herds are threatened by poachers killing for ivory.
Source: National Geographic, Mashable