Rumble In The Jungle: Dramatic Photos Show Testosterone-Fuelled Elephant Flipping Over Black Rhino As She Protects Her Calf

02:30 19/07/2022 | 274 Lượt xem

They are two giants of the animal kingdom, but that did not stop this male elephant and black rhino from cl.a.sh.ing dramatically in a fe.a.rsome f.i.g.ht at a park in Africa.

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Amateur photographer Louis Kok and his wife Marthie captured these extraordinary photographs of the large elephant a.t.ta.cking the female rhino – flipping it into its back and leaving it with its legs in the air.

The couple from Pretoria, South Africa, were photographing a rhino cow and her calf when the testosterone-fuelled, one-tusked elephant approached.

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Tossed and turned: The large male elephant charges at the female rhino and flips it onto its side

Relentless: The testosterone-fuelled beast lays into the mother rhino, who was protecting her calf

African as.s.a.ult: The one-tusked elephant a.t.tac.ks the rhino with its truck as it lies in.j.ured in the dust

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Protective mother: The rhino was at.t.ac.ked while trying to protect her calf from the ra.m.paging elephant

The pair were stunned to watch the peaceful scene transform into a b.ru.tal ba.t.tle as the bull elephant charged at the protective rhino mother.

Mr Kok said: ‘Male elephants on musth, fuelled by exorbitant levels of testosterone, are extremely da.n.gerous, and will at.ta.ck anything which stands in their path.’

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Musth is a condition during which bull elephants experience a huge rise in reproductive hormones – testosterone levels can reach up to 60 times higher than normal – and this makes them extremely agg.re.ssive.

Stunned: Amateur photographer Louis Kok and his wife Marthie did not expect the fi.g.ht to break out

Immobilised: The helpless rhino is left prostrate, lying on its back after the elephant’s br.u.tal a.tt.ack

Cowering: The rhino calf watches on, hiding in the shrubs as the elephant a.t.ta.cks its mother

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Baby blues: The calf emerges in search of its mother as the elephant peers on it the background

‘The elephant immediately toppled the rhino which landed helplessly on its back with its legs in the air,’ Mr Kok continued.

‘The elephant kept rolling the defenseless rhino around in the dust, while crushing it repeatedly under its enormous weight – in a tr.au.ma.tizing display of speed, agility and br.u.tal power.’

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After the f.i.g.ht the rhino’s calf rushed to its in.j.ured mother’s side.

‘The calf remained in the vicinity for some time, circling her mother and attempting repeatedly to help her up,’ Mr Kok said.

I love you mum! The baby rhino rushes to its mother’s side once the scene is safe and the elephant has gone

Caring child: The calf tends to its mother, which lies on the ground, groaning in p.a.in from her in.ju.ries

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Heartbreaking: The mother managed to get up after around two hours, but d.i.ed days later from her i.nj.ur.ies

The pair reported the incident to the management of the park, who said that the rhino did miraculously manage to get up around two hours after the a.t.ta.ck.

The following day she was spotted about 300 metres from the scene of the f.i.ght, but unfortunately d.i.ed a few days later from her in.jur.ies.

The couple was requested not to identify the park to prevent the influx of po.ac.hers into the area.

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