PICS: Incredible elephant water birth captured in Kruger's Olifants River

2017-02-08 13:39 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - South Africa is certainly one of the richest places on Earth when it comes to wildlife and nature, and this point was once again proven when US photographer Dan Streck had the opportunity to capture on camera a 'once-in-a-lifetime' wildlife moment - when an elephant gave birth in the Kruger's iconic Olifants River. 

Streck shared the photographs with South African National Parks, saying "I feel so fortunate to have experienced this and I hope you enjoy."

The series of images show the entire birth process, while the herd of elephants can be seen standing around the mother, helping her throughout.

This is Dan Streck's incredibly moving recollection of the experience: 

"The first image shows the amniotic sac, before delivery. After delivery, the elephants gathered in a phalanx around the baby, but the baby couldn't stand and was floundering in the water.

"An older female stepped in and, working with the mother, held the baby's head out of the water.

"Slowly, the baby gained its footing and began to stumble, then walk and within an hour was leading its mother around.... "

The images, along with the incredible story, make this one of our favourite wildlife moments ever captured on camera. 

Dan Streck is an accomplished photographer with a particular love for the African bush. He has photographed extensively across southern Africa. 

He lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife Gina.

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