A baby elephant in China reportedly cried for hours after his mom rejected him days after birth, according to a UK newspaper.
The elephant, Zhuang-Zhuang, wept non-stop for five hours after his mother abandoned him, Metro reported.
Zookeepers initially thought it was an accident when his mom trampled him, so they tended to his wounds and reunited the two.
However, the mother elephant then began stomping on her son again and the decision was made to separate the two.
“The calf was very upset and he was crying for five hours before he could be consoled,” one worker said.
“He couldn’t bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him,” the worker added.
The baby elephant has now been adopted by the keeper who saved him at a wild animal reserve in China.
“They have made a good bond,” said a spokesperson for the park. “We don’t know why the mother turned on her calf but we couldn’t take a chance.”
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