The story of the weeping baby elephant
By Dave Andrusko
Here’s hoping none of the women in my family read this post. They are all animal lovers and two of them are moms.
You may have seen the story on the Internet. For some unknown reason a mother elephant stomped on her new born calf.
Thinking/hoping this was an accident, zookeepers at the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Nature Reserve, in Rongcheng, Shandong province, treated him for injuries, and two hours later returned the baby to his mother.
To their horror the mother elephant attacked little Zhuangzhuang again, forcing them to remove him once more. If that weren’t sad enough, what happened next is even more heart-breaking
A zoo keeper explained to Central European News, “The calf was very upset and he was crying for five hours before he could be consoled. He couldn’t bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him.” He was, in a word, inconsolable.