Jungle Showdown: Dramatic Photos Capture Intense Elephant Flipping Over Black Rhino to Protect Her Calf - Media News 48

Jungle Showdown: Dramatic Photos Capture Intense Elephant Flipping Over Black Rhino to Protect Her Calf

Amateur photographer Louis Kok and his wife Marthie captured these extraordinary photographs of the large elephant attacking the female rhino – flipping it into its back and leaving it with its legs in the air.

Tossed and turned: The large male elephant charges at the female rhino and flips it onto its side

Tossed and turned: The large male elephant charges at the female rhino and flips it onto its side

Relentless: The testosterone-fuelled beast lays into the mother rhino, who was protecting her calf

Relentless: The testosterone-fuelled beast lays into the mother rhino, who was protecting her calf

African assault: The one-tusked elephant attacks the rhino with its truck as it lies injured in the dust

African assault: The one-tusked elephant attacks the rhino with its truck as it lies injured in the dust

Protective mother: The rhino was attacked while trying to protect her calf from the rampaging elephant

Protective mother: The rhino was attacked while trying to protect her calf from the rampaging elephant

The pair were stunned to watch the peaceful scene transform into a brutal battle as the bull elephant charged at the protective rhino mother.

Stunned: Amateur photographer Louis Kok and his wife Marthie did not expect the fight to break out

Stunned: Amateur photographer Louis Kok and his wife Marthie did not expect the fight to break out

Immobilised: The helpless rhino is left prostrate, lying on its back after the elephant's brutal attack

Immobilised: The helpless rhino is left prostrate, lying on its back after the elephant’s brutal attack

Cowering: The rhino calf watches on, hiding in the shrubs as the elephant attacks its mother

Cowering: The rhino calf watches on, hiding in the shrubs as the elephant attacks its mother

Baby blues: The calf emerges in search of its mother as the elephant peers on it the background

Baby blues: The calf emerges in search of its mother as the elephant peers on it the background

‘The elephant immediately toppled the rhino which landed helplessly on its back with its legs in the air,’ Mr Kok continued.

I love you mum! The baby rhino rushes to its mother's side once the scene is safe and the elephant has gone

I love you mum! The baby rhino rushes to its mother’s side once the scene is safe and the elephant has gone

Caring child: The calf tends to its mother, which lies on the ground, groaning in pain from her injuries

Caring child: The calf tends to its mother, which lies on the ground, groaning in pain from her injuries

Heartbreaking: The mother managed to get up after around two hours, but died days later from her injuries

Heartbreaking: The mother managed to get up after around two hours, but died days later from her injuries

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