AUSTIN (KXAN) — The power of the family unit couldn’t be more evident in this trending video. A baby elephant in an apparent zoo enclosure gets bold, trying to overcome a rock that turns out to be too much to handle. The baby almost makes it over when it loses its footing, stumbles and lands backward on its back. A mere second later, it’s a dynamic duo to the rescue. Two elephants hurry to the baby’s side and push it right-side up, seemingly dusting off the baby and getting it going again. All seems right with the world again as the trio takes off in their tight-knit circle.
An elephant calf is usually born into an extended family, headed by an older female elephant who serves as the matriarch. Most herds usually consist of adult daughters, their calves and a number of baby and adolescent boy and girl offspring. Males are typically kicked out of the group once they reach adulthood — between 12- and 15 years old.