A Desperate Mother
In a safari park enclosure in Taro, Bali, onlookers watch helplessly as an adult elephant repeatedly beats an infant calf. The mama elephant kicks her baby to revive it. The elephant equivalent of slapping a newborn to get a good cry. With each unsuccessful strike, Nicki is losing time while her baby is deprived of oxygen. The baby elephant is motionless. Safari staff know it’s too dangerous to step in. In the end, Nicki’s necessary roughness has paid off. Less than two minutes after being born, the baby elephant is conscious and breathing. And in no time, Nicki has her offspring up on her feet, taking tentative steps.