Thankfully, another member of the herd charged over to help out. That elephant grabbed the young calf's ear and tugged while the mom worked to position herself toward the croc. All of a sudden, the odds were starting to swing away from our ambushing reptilian friend.
Once mom put her foot in front of her baby, it was all over. The crocodile let go and sulked back into the water. It may have missed out on a meal, but it still gets to live another day. When you pick a fight with an elephant, we'd say that's a very fortunate result.
All this drama got us thinking: Have there been other similar brushes with death by baby elephant daredevils?
Sure enough, there were. Here, we see a different scene photographed by Martin Nyfeler, who was just a tourist on a safari trip when a 200-pound crocodile attacked this mother and child elephant in Zambia.
Incredibly, the baby was the big hero in this incident, as you can see it body slam right on top of the crocodile. Shortlist reported that both elephants made it out okay, as "The croc was stunned into submission long enough for the two of them to flee the riverbank and escape."
Maybe these two should find somewhere else to go for a drink.
All told, the calf was trapped in that well for 11 hours while mom and an ever-expanding band of locals tried to get it out. (Hey, you need to remember that, even though they're tiny, baby elephants are heavy.)
After the bay was freed, the animals continued on their journey together. They didn't offer a formal "thank you" to all of their helpers, but we bet that look of pure joy from both of them was reward enough.
So, after about a half hour of trying, she signaled to two members of her herd. They came in and flattened the mud down, creating a nice, steady ramp for the baby to walk up. Who knew elephants were so smart?