The mother tie is a tremendous force that keeps the planet spinning. Nothing compares to its tenacious, loving, loyal, compassionate, and energetic personality. Hundreds of emotional and physical elements, however, can alter the attachment between the newborn and the mother. The safety and well-being of the kid are the first priority for most moms; nonetheless, there are times when things do not go as planned. An elephant calf called Zhuang Zhuang was one of these examples.
The calf was born in 2013, and his mother rejected him soon after. She almost sᴜꜰꜰᴏᴄᴀᴛᴇᴅ the baby shortly after giving birth to him. The calf was spared and its ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅs were treated thanks to the workers at China’s Shendiashan Wild Animal Natural Reserve. Because the staff thought the stamping was an accident, they attempted to return him to his mother when he had fully recovered. Unfortunately, the scenario was not an accident, and his mother attempted to ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀ him once more.
Zhuang Zhuang had to be removed from her for the rest of her life.
This is when the newborn elephant began to wail nonstop for 5 hours, despite the efforts of all the caretakers to soothe and console him. “The calf was quite agitated and he was bawling for five hours before he could be consoled,” one of the staff said. He couldn’t stand being apart from his mother, and it was she who was attempting to ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀ him.” The photo of him weeping, tears streaming down his cheeks from his large red eyes, went viral and ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ everyone’s hearts. Elephants that are rejected at birth create a great deal of psychological ᴘᴀɪɴ.
Elephants must be allowed to grow up in a safe and secure environment. They all desire companionship and connection in their lives. Animal emotion is a tough issue to discuss, although most people agree that animals do have feelings. However, some individuals are still skeptical about it. Animals, on the other hand, have been shown to be capable of feeling melancholy, happiness, curiosity, anxiety, rage, empathy, ɢʀɪᴇf, and fear. Carl Safina, an award-winning environmental writer, claims that animals can feel and display empathy, which he claims may be observed in elephants.
“Having spent my whole childhood watching animals, I’ve always been impressed by how similar they are to humans. I’ve always been moved by their ties and astonished (and sometimes ᴛᴇʀʀɪꜰɪᴇᴅ) by their emotions. Animals have a very vivid sense of life. They are often aware of who they are. They are aware of who their allies and adversaries are. They aspire to a higher position. They are in a competition. Their lives, like ours, follow the path of a career. We’re both trying to remain alive, find food and shelter, and raise a generation of children.
Animals are no different from humans in this way, and I believe that their presence on the planet is extremely beneficial.” Elephants show signs of mourning when they lose someone important to them, and it’s similar to human ɢʀɪᴇᴠɪɴɢ. They encircle the body or touch the bones to express their ɢʀɪᴇf. Because elephants’ familial bonds are so important, this situation is unusual. With a gestation span of almost 22 months, elephants have the longest known gestation period. Calves are born blind and completely reliant on their mothers for survival.
Females in the social group assist the calf in getting to its feet after delivery. After a while, Zhuang Zhuang broke out of his sadness and is now enjoying a happy life. He was adopted by the person who ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇd him when he was born in the Shendiaoshan wild animal sanctuary.