Two adult elephants fight off a pack of wild dogs to protect a baby elephant, then call in the cavalry.

Two adult elephants fight off a pack of wild dogs to protect a baby elephant, then call in the cavalry.

A pack of wild dogs attempting to make a meal out of a baby elephant discovered the power in numbers after two elephants trumpeted for the “cavalry.”

Dennis Browning, 32, from Johannesburg, was with a safari tour at Ingwelala, a private nature reserve next to Kruger National Park in South Africa, when three elephants, including a baby, encountered up to 16 wild dogs.

Browning captured captivating video showing the dogged determination of wild dogs going up against an equally determined herd of elephants that clearly stick together. He shared the video with Caters News:

“When the elephant and her calf got within about 30 meters [100 feet] of the wild dogs she charged at them, trumpeting, scattering them in all directions, leaving her calf trailing behind,” Browning told Caters News.

“For the next minute there was a very noisy back and forth between the elephant and the wild dogs. She would charge at them trumpeting, they would scatter, only to quickly regroup and start making a move towards the small calf.

“By this time the rest of the herd of elephants had come charging in and were waiting at the top of the riverbank for the mother and her calf,” said Browning.

The elephant cavalry came to the rescue, leaving the wild dogs to find their next meal elsewhere.

Browning told Caters News that when they first came upon the scene, he was privately thinking how incredible it would be to see a kill, but he quickly changed his tune.

“My wife, son, friends and I all found ourselves fully in the corner of the elephants and were very relieved with the outcome,” he said.

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