Protective elephant sees off a pack of horrible hyenas - but poor calf still loses its tail in dramatic bush battle for survival

This is the dramatic moment a protective mother elephant desperately fought off a fearsome pack of hyenas trying to attack her young calf.

The life and death struggle began as the dog-like mammals pounced on the unsuspecting baby elephant when it became separated from its mother.

Six of the hyenas launched themselves onto the calf's back in a bid to bring it down, prompting the furious mother to swing into action.

She stampeded towards the vicious creatures with such force that she left several trees uprooted in her wake. The huge elephant kicked out her feet and swung her trunk at the pack, which quickly scattered. She then returned to her calf, which had its tail bitten off during the encounter, but appeared otherwise unscathed.


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