But a video has emerged of the incident that paints the event in a different light. The video that surfaced on social media has been widely shared.
Here's another video:
WATCH-Coimbatore (TN) Heart-rending visuals of elephant calf trying to wake his mother who died of internal bleedinghttps://t.co/f4qF1sGKDw- ANI (@ANI_news) July 6, 2016
The video shows ailing female elephant who was found dead in Narasipuram forest area on the outskirts of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu with a calf next to her.
Heartbreaking Video from Coimbatore: Elephant calf tries waking up mother who died of internal bleeding. 😢 pic.twitter.com/MBOm6oCukd-Pinky Rajpurohit (@Madrassan) July 6, 2016
The baby pachyderm is moving around his dead mother, crying and guarding her. The calf tries in vain to wake up his mother. According to reports the crying baby kept trying to wake up his mother for seven hours.
The viral video left most people teary-eyed and some angry at the state of affairs too.
Now, if this doesn't move people then nothing will.
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