The Saddest Elephant Story You'll Read

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Sep. 14, 2013

We all have different relationships with our mothers. Some good, some bad. Many complicated. But I'd bet to say your mother never tried to stomp you to death.

After being born on August 30, 2013 at the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Natural Reserve Area in China, baby Zhuangzhuang was stepped on by its mother. The vets, thinking it was an accident, removed the baby to treat its injuries, then returned him to its mother two hours later… ONLY FOR HER TO DO IT AGAIN.

The terrible stomping mom

The zoo keepers had to fight the mother away so they could save the baby.

Then (oh man, grab the tissues) the baby cried for five hours. Literally whaled and cried. If you're doubting that's true, look at these pictures you soulless monster:

"The calf was very upset and he was crying for five hours before he could be consoled," a spokesman said. "He couldn't bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him."

The emotions! The poetry! The made-for-TV movie script I'm writing based on this!

Luckily, a staff member adopted the elephant and cares for it full time while at work. The two have apparently made a good bond and baby Zhuangzhuang is doing better.

Now, call your mother and thank her for not trying to step on you until you were dead.*

- Mark (there's dust in my eye on Twitter)

*Unless that happened, then don't call her. Stay away from her. And sorry.






A-cat-Called-Quest User

hell my friends mom spent 18 years trying to kill him.  He had a broken leg and tried to push him down a flight of stairs

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NickyClickus User

Obama is going to now pass a law that mandates tax payer funded elephant abortions as part of Obamacare. He will state that it's a huge step forward in human rights.

ibanking06 User

Some moms will try and kill you by poisoning your food.

Mike-Emmons-39 User

well, at least his mom tried to do it all in one go. mine spent 14 years stepping on me.

coronahona User

or he just got stepped on by a grown elephant!!! i would cry too.