Vutomi the 3-legged elephant adapts, survives amid caring herd (South
March 10, 2023
Vutomi the elephant displays her will to survive by keeping up with her
herd and living a normal life despite only being able to walk on three legs.
Dylan Pons, 31, a content creator for Zuka Private Game Reserve in South
Africa, recently shared his incredible experience with LatestSightings.com.
During an afternoon drive from Satara, Dylan and his team stumbled upon a
herd of elephants at Nsemani dam, where they witnessed something truly
As Pons and his team observed the herd, they noticed that Vutomi was
present and had been in the water, finding comfort and relief. "We could
see darker watermarks on her body from where she had been in the water. It
was incredible to see how she adapted to her situation and continued to
move with her herd."
Vutomi is an incredible elephant with a remarkable story. She has a
noticeable limp and only has three legs. This loss of limb could be due to
a snare, which is a reality of life for these animals, or it could have
been from a predator attack in her younger years.
Whatever it may be, one thing is for sure: Vutomi is a survivor and a truly
remarkable display of the resilience of these wild animals despite their
Despite her injury, Vutomi was surrounded by other elephants who came to
greet her, displaying a beautiful sense of community and care. "It was
heartwarming to see how her herd embraced her and supported her. They truly
showed an amazing sense of empathy and compassion."
The sighting ended with Vutomi disappearing into the bushes, following her
herd. Pons expressed how rare this sighting was for him personally and how
he worries that there could be more injured animals in the wild due to
"If you see Vutomi or any other injured animals close to the road, I
recommend giving them space to avoid adding any stress to their already
difficult situation. We are in their environment after all. Respect is of
utmost importance when dealing with these gentle giants."