Jumbo effort: Adorable baby elephant rocks up and down in the mud as it tries to scramble onto its feet

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An adorable baby elephant was caught on camera hilariously flailing around in the mud as it tried to get to its feet.

The footage was recorded by Michelle Broadhurst while on safari through Kruger National Park, South Africa.

In the video, the mud-covered mammal can be seen lying on its side as it splashes around in the brown sludge.

The footage was recorded by Michelle Broadhurst while on safari through Kruger National Park, South Africa, earlier this year

The footage was recorded by Michelle Broadhurst while on safari through Kruger National Park, South Africa, earlier this year

In the video, the mud-covered mammal can be seen lying on its side as it splashes around in the brown sludge while two adult elephants loiter nearby
In the video, the mud-covered mammal can be seen lying on its side as it splashes around in the brown sludge while two adult elephants loiter nearby

Two adult elephants are loitering nearby as the youngster rocks back and forth vigorously.

It appears to be trying to gain momentum to get to its feet as its trunk flails around wildly.

Eventually the calf is able to roll itself forward to rest on all fours with its face planted on the ground.

It continues to drag itself around for a little while longer, which is where the video ends.

Michelle originally recorded the footage in August earlier this yerar but the the clip has recently re-surfaced online.

Speaking about the bizarre sight, she said: ‘It honestly looked like he was trying to do sit ups.

‘Elephants rock their legs forwards and backwards so they can get some momentum from a lying position.

‘They really are adorable.’

The calf appears to be trying to gain momentum to get to its feet as its trunk flails around wildly before it eventually is able to roll itself forward to rest on all fours
The calf appears to be trying to gain momentum to get to its feet as its trunk flails around wildly before it eventually is able to roll itself forward to rest on all fours

It continues to drag itself around for a little while longer, which is where the video ends
It continues to drag itself around for a little while longer, which is where the video ends

There are thought to be a minimum of 17,100 elephants living in the Kruger National Park, according to figures from 2015.

Elephants are the world’s largest land mammal and can weigh up to seven tonnes as well as reaching heights of over three metres at the shoulder.

They can live up to a potential age of 70 years old.

By: dailymail.co.uk

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