Baby elephant Zhuangzhuang was almost stamped to death by its mother, and in result cried for over 5 hours. If this isn’t proof animals feel emotions, we don’t know what is.
Horrified zookeepers were forced to intervene after a female elephant attempted to stamp her calf to death shortly after he was born.
The female elephant had stepped on baby Zhuangzhuang almost immediately after giving birth at a Chinese zoo on August 30.
But vets initially thought it was an accident. They removed the calf to treat his injuries and returned him to his mother two hours later – but she started to stamp on him again.
Keepers drove her off and took the little elephant away.
But such is not the focus of this article: After being separated from his mother, the distressed baby reportedly began to cry for five hours, while staff at the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Natural Reserve Area, in Rongcheng, Shandong province, sought to comfort him.
In a world that still likes to claim animals cannot ‘feel’, either after ‘stunning’ before slaughter or on an emotional level similar to humans, this is obviously testament against such belief. Animals, like you or I, experience a wide range of emotions and, at a base level, seek only to feel and be loved.