CSIRO PUBLISHINGBy Connor Boyd For Mailonline. A baby elephant has been spotted wandering around the plains of South Africa with a missing trunk. Fears for the calf's safety have grown after footage showed the baby animal walking among a herd of elephants in Kruger National Park without its critical body part. Safari workers said they didn't know exactly how it had lost its iconic appendage but it was likely ripped off by a predator. It's trunk was probably bitten off by a crocodile or a lion - or damaged in a snare, according to safari workers. The chances of an adult elephant surviving in the wild without its trunk are slim.
Too cute. This baby elephant is trying to cross the stream
Elephants and Their Calves
He needs his mummy: The calf Borneo Pygmy elephant that strayed into the plantation area in Tawau. The health of the calf, which is just weeks old, is being assessed by WRU veterinarians who are trying to determined if it needs care. They are also trying to find out if the calf was separated from its herd or abandoned by its mother. When contacted, Sabah Wildlife Department director Datuk Augustine Tuuga said that they were already in the process of locating a herd that was moving around the area. It is understood that the calf may be placed in captive care, if rangers are unable to reunite it with the herd. On the condition of another elephant that was being treated at a plantation in Telupid on May 27, Tuuga said the animal was improving though it was still not out of the woods.
Before the vote at committee stage, EU representatives spoke out against the proposed ban, telling delegates they would oppose it. A technical glitch prevented the bloc from voting then, but the bloc is widely expected to attempt to overturn the ban in full session next week. Between and , at least 1, wild African elephants were reported to have been exported for captive use, wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation says. Secretive operations in the bush to capture baby elephants are thought to be carried out by teams of men in helicopters who chase the youngsters, forcibly separating them from their mothers, before tranquillising them. Captured elephants can face horrific abuse during the capture process. Footage of wild-caught baby elephants awaiting export from Zimbabwe shows calves being beaten and kicked during capture. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
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All rights reserved. As the world's largest land mammal, elephants have quite the commanding presence. But did you know elephants can't jump? Or that baby elephants lose their first set of teeth and tusks, just like humans? Learn about both Asian and African elephants and the threats facing these highly intelligent animals today.