The cow elephant’s active baby boy had been running around the zoo compound like normal all day – but not anymore. Her calf had been lying on the ground for a nap, but now he wouldn’t wake up. Her baby wasn’t responding to her trunk’s touch, and her concern was growing. Suddenly, though, a familiar face appeared to offer assistance.
On May 23, 2016, a video uploaded to YouTube hit social media squarely in the feels. The clip in question was filmed at Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic, and its stars were a mother-and-son pair of Indian elephants. Having first opened in 1931, Prague Zoo welcomed its first elephant two years later. Now, the attraction receives more than a million visitors a year, and it was one of the guests who was on hand to shoot the footage that day.
The elephants stars of the film are Janita, the proud mommy, and her baby, Max; camera-shy dad, Mekong, did not feature. According to the video’s description on YouTube, Max “spends most of the day in outdoor areas running and frolicking around.” And there seems to be a lot of space for him to explore and enjoy.