An infant elephant was inconsolable this week after his own mother actually tried to stomp him to death in a Chinese zoo.
According to Metro U.K., the mother gave birth to her son in August and tried to step on him soon afterward. Hoping it was an accident, veterinarians treated the calf and returned him to his parent… only for the same violent incident to take place again.
Said a zoo employee:
"The calf was very upset and he was crying for five hours before he could be consoled. He couldn’t bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him."
Pictures of the crying elephant (named Zhuang Zhuang) have gone viral, but there does appear to be a happy ending to this story:
The animal has been adopted. His tears have reportedly dried up and we can all hope he'll be kicking and splashing around in no time.