Jumbo effort! Mother elephant gives her calf a helpful shove as it struggles to climb over roadside barrier

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Heartwarming footage shows a mother elephant helping her baby to jump over a concrete barrier in India to join the rest of its family.

At the beginning of the clip, the mother elephant is seen crossing the road and climbing over the barrier in Gudalur, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, on July 1.

A second elephant also makes it over the barrier but the smallest struggles.

The mother elephant uses her trunk to hoist the youngest of the herd over the barrier\u00A0in Gudalur, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, in southern India on July 1

The mother elephant uses her trunk to hoist the youngest of the herd over the barrier in Gudalur, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, in southern India on July 1

The calf puts its front legs up but it isn’t tall enough to climb up. It then tries to look for another way to get around to its family.

It walks along the road beside the barrier but the mother elephant isn’t far away.

She jumps back over to reach the young elephant and it tries to climb over again.

The youngest elephant put its front legs on the barrier but couldn\'t reach to get over

The youngest elephant put its front legs on the barrier but couldn’t reach to get over

Two of the elephants made it over the barrier but the youngest couldn\'t get over by itself

Two of the elephants made it over the barrier but the youngest couldn’t get over it by itself

The mother gets on top of the barrier and lowers her trunk onto the rump of the calf to haul it up.

According to local reports, traffic was stopped to let the elephants safely travel across the road.

A local said that people who saw the mother help the young elephant praised the care she showed the baby.

The mother elephant climbed back over the barrier to help the calf over to join its family

The mother elephant climbed back over the barrier to help the calf over to join its family

The small elephant put its front legs on the barrier again and the mother used her trunk to help it over the fence

The small elephant put its front legs on the barrier again and the mother used her trunk to help it over the fence

By: GEORGIA SIMCOX FOR MAILONLINE

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