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The Importance of Family (Part 3 of 3)
The next minutes were excruciating as there was no sign of mom returning to rescue her calf. Surely, she would have realized that her calf was missing by now? We scanned the horizon with binoculars, but there was no sign of elephants—nothing but a layer of dust hanging at bush level. It seemed to take the calf some time to realize just how much trouble she was in. She spent a little time scanning with her ears to listen for family. Then she lifted one front foot high off the ground, and then another, switching from front to back, front to back, purposefully, as if trying to assess the proximity of her family by the vibrations their footfalls and vocalizations produced in the ground. Finally, she opened her mouth and emitted the most surprisingly loud bellow—a noise reserved to the elephant calf. This was exactly what was needed.
A small family group appeared at the edge of the clearing and barreled in—mom, grandma and older sibling. There was a brief reunion ending in a long suckle, while the older bulls headed out to the northeast, as if to conclude their mission as gentle giant guardians.