A baby elephant has been filmed in South Africa with a missing trunk, sparking fears for its safety and survival.
In footage filmed at Kruger National Park, the youngster can be seen amongst a number of other elephants, walking around with most of its trunk missing.
Safari workers don’t know how the elephant lost its trunk, but that it was possibly due to an attack from a predator, such as a lion or crocodile – both animals have been known to attack baby elephants. There’s also a chance it could have been caught in snare.
Workers are now worried for the poor elephant’s survival, as the animals use their trunks for eating, drinking, cleaning, social interactions and for fighting off potential predators, making life without one very hard.
According to staff at the park, losing a trunk is one of the most life-threatening things that can happen to an elephant, as a fully-grown elephant needs around 190 litres of water and between 90kg-220kg of food every day. This is where its trunk becomes invaluable as without one elephants would struggle to get that much down them.
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