Baby elephant in China cries for 5 hours after being stomped by his mom

Baby elephant rejected by his mother
Baby elephant cries after being attacked by his own mother

From the New York Daily News. (Printable version linked)


Little Zhuangzhuang, a newborn elephant at a wildlife refuge in China, was inconsolable after his mother rejected him and then tried to stomp him to death.

Tears streamed down his gray trunk for five hours as zookeepers struggled to comfort the baby elephant.

They initially thought it was an accident when the mom stepped on him after giving birth, according to the Central European News agency.

Employees removed him, cleaned him up and treated his injuries, then reunited the baby with his momma.

But she was having none of it, and began stomping him again.

So the game keepers stepped in once more and permanently separated the two.

“We don’t know why the mother turned on her calf but we couldn’t take a chance,” an employee told CEN.

“The calf was very upset and he was crying for five hours before he could be consoled,” he said.

“He couldn’t bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him.”

The petite pachyderm, born in August, is now doing well. The zookeeper who rescued him from his violent mother adopted him and helped him thrive at the Shendiaoshan wild animal reserve in Rong-cheng, China.

I found another photo of the baby elephant here:

Baby elephant's birthday is supposed to be happy
A baby elephant’s birthday is supposed to be happy

So, in this post, I wanted to take about the duty that parents have to their children.

I guess a lot of my views on ethics are rooted in the obvious needs that children have. When I look at an unborn baby, I can tell what it needs. So, I am careful not to cause a pregnancy before I can supply its needs. The needs of the little unborn creature are driving these moral boundaries on me. And the same with born children. I oppose gay marriage because when I look at little children, I want them to have a stable environment to grow up in with a mother and father who are biologically related to them (in the best case). I permit lots of arrangements, but I promote one arrangement over the others because that’s what’s best for children. Anyone can look at unborn and born children and see that, just like anyone can look at a crying baby elephant and understand – “I have to govern my behavior so that I don’t hurt you”. If that means cutting off the premarital sex and making decisions that are likely to produce a stable marriage, then that’s what we should do.

Children cry too, you know. They cry when we hurt them. They cry when we make bad decisions and when we don’t provide them with what they need. Children need mothers and fathers who care about them. Making a safe environment for a child isn’t an accident. It isn’t random and unpredictable. We have to control our desires before we have children, so that we provide children with what they need. It would be nice if men and women were more thoughtful and unselfish about children and marriage before they started in with sex.

7 thoughts on “Baby elephant in China cries for 5 hours after being stomped by his mom”

  1. Another thing I find interesting about the elephants story is that it’s mother attacker it. While not commonly known, research confirms that mothers, not fathers, are far more likely to physically abuse their children, and that children in the care of single mothers are nearly 40 times more likely to suffer sexual/physical abuse. We’re constantly reminded that men are the horrible ones and that all men are inherently abusive, while women are innocent flowers, incapable of wrongdoing.

    It’s not true in the animal kingdom and it’s not true in humanity.

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    1. Excellent point

      Fathers should be strong enough to stand up to mothers, especially in an age where mothers are tempted to follow the culture with feminism, and focus on career instead of children. This is why I wrote the post, to alert father’s that not everything their wives do with kids is good. Women tend to be driven by peer approval and culture and it’s the father’s job to stand up to her when she wants to put the culture’s values above the family.

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  2. I am not sure what I am allowed to think. I keep hearing about how it is is all about the woman’s body and her rights.

    So as a man I am supposed to just shut up and let her decide if a defenseless baby is allowed to live or not.

    These unenlightened people stomped on the mothers rights to not have nutrients stolen from her body if she doesn’t want it,

    I just find it odd that nature and animals have more rights than humans in a leftist world. I assume it is what happens when you deny man is made in the image of God and also teach that humans are basically the cause of all that is wrong with a perfectly balance mother earth.


  3. My grandfather raised cattle, and occasionally a cow would reject her calf. When this happened, my grandfather always took care of the calf himself (or had one of us grandkids do it), then called the slaughterhouse to make an appointment for the cow.


  4. I ready that animals can reject their offpsring due to being young and inexperienced or because they know/think the offspring is weak or sick and won’t live so it won’t be worth their time and energy. I guess the animal’s version of “just throw it out and start over”. Lol


  5. “I am careful not to cause a pregnancy before I can supply its needs.”
    As one of my brothers-in-law advised, “Keep your ****** in your pants until you’re ready to pay for it.”

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