Heartbreaking moment a mother elephant nuzzles her dying calf with her trunk and tries to wake him after he was electrocuted by a live wire in India

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This is the heartbreaking moment a mother elephant nuzzled her dying calf with her trunk as she tried desperately to wake him up after he was electrocuted by a live wire in southern India.

Footage captured in Malampuzha, Kerala, shows the elephant trying to nudge her three-year-old calf with her foot and trunk to try to make him move – but his body remained motionless.

In harrowing scenes, the mother, appearing to realise that her calf is dead, gently nuzzled the youngster with her trunk.

The pair had been trekking through forests on Tuesday when the calf entered private land and walked into a live wire.

Heartbreaking footage shows a mother elephant nuzzling her dying calf with her trunk as she tried desperately to wake him up after he was electrocuted by a live wire in southern India

Heartbreaking footage shows a mother elephant nuzzling her dying calf with her trunk as she tried desperately to wake him up after he was electrocuted by a live wire in southern India

Footage captured in Malampuzha, Kerala, shows the elephant trying to nudge her three-year-old calf with her foot and trunk to try to make him move - but his body remained motionless

Footage captured in Malampuzha, Kerala, shows the elephant trying to nudge her three-year-old calf with her foot and trunk to try to make him move – but his body remained motionless

The herd – which included the calf’s mother – were near a pump house when the fateful incident occurred.

Mother elephant nudges calf with foot  The mother elephant uses her trunk to nudge calf

In a video taken from the scene, the mother elephant can be seen firstly nudging the calf with her foot to try and make him move – but his body is motionless.

The elephant then uses her trunk to try to wake him up by moving him – but the calf ends up being rolled onto his back with his legs in the air.

Mother elephant slowly edges away from the calf - but does not turn her back

The mother, appearing to realise that her calf is dead, gently nuzzles the youngster with her trunk before standing by the body.

She then slowly edges away from the calf – but does not turn her back on her child as she steps back.

By: dailymail.co.uk