A Baby Elephant Learns a Lesson Getting a Beat Down From an African Buffalo that It Challenged

Fearless elephant calf is picked up and headbutted by angry buffalo, in pictures

An elephant calf tried to attack an old buffalo and was taught a lesson it will never forget..

The elephant calf runs toward the buffalo bull to try to intimidate it
A young elephant calf attempts to intimidate an old buffalo bull – and is taught a lesson it will never forget. The overconfident young animal tried to attack the older buffalo, which was far larger and armed with sharp horns. Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media
The elephant calf stands before the buffalo bull
A herd of elephant were getting much needed refreshment at the Spekboom watering hole in Addo Elephant National park in South Africa, when the mature buffalo walked towards the water. Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media
The buffalo bull lowers its head and begins to charge
The young elephant spotted the newcomer and decided to scare the animal away – but with unexpected results. Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media
The buffalo bull headbutts the baby elephant
Conrad Cramer, a wildlife guide who lives in South Africa, spotted the moment the calf was taught a tough lesson. He said: “The young elephant ran up to him, ears out and its little head lifted, typical of an adult elephant when trying to intimidate another animal or human… Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media
The buffalo bull throws the baby elephant into the air
“…The buffalo found no humour in this and picked up the little one and threw him in the air.” Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media
The elephant calf is thrown onto the ground
The young elephant then raced to hide behind its mother with its tail between its legs and its pride – but nothing else – seriously injured. Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media
The elephant calf stands up and begins to run away
Conrad, who captured the moment in March this year, said: “What surprised me was that the other elephants were in no way disturbed by the chain of events, but rather seemed to see it as a life lesson that the youngster had to learn.” Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media
The baby elephant slides along the ground from the force of the buffalos horns
Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media
The baby elephant is now left lying on the ground, whilst the buffalo looks on
Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Media
Fearless elephant calf is picked up and headbutted by angry buffalo, in pictures
Picture: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft Credit: Conrad Cramer / Barcroft

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