Experiencing rejection from those you expected to love you the most, especially your parents, can be an extremely painful emotion to endure, especially when your love for them is unconditional.
Once there was a baby elephant who cried for hours on end because he couldn’t understand why his own mother would attack and abandon him.
At the Shendiashan Wild Animal Natural Reserve in China, there was a unique incident when Zhuang Zhuang was born. His mother tried to attack him, forcing the officials to separate them. This type of situation was unusual since mother elephants typically do not abandon their young until they are capable of fending for themselves.
At first, the people in charge thought that it was just a small disagreement between the baby elephant and its mother. They took care of the baby’s injuries and gave him back to his mom. But it turned out that the danger was still there, and the mother elephant called for her baby once more.
Elephants thrive in a closely-knit community where they safeguard their young and each other. According to Lan Redmond, an expert on wildlife from the Born Free Foundation, all adult elephants are responsible for the welfare of the calves within their herd. They enhance their parenting skills with the constant presence of their family. Elephant mothers give birth amid their kindred and often select caregivers from their kin to help rear their offspring. However, this phenomenon usually occurs only in the wild because captivity can hinder animals’ maternal instincts. Zhuang Zhuang, who was rescued by a caretaker after his traumatic experience, fortunately survived and was taken in by his rescuer.