Baby elephant rescued by South African truckies

A three-week-old elephant has benefited from the kindness of humans after it was left behind by its herd and became dangerously dehydrated.

A trio of South African truck drivers were en route to Nata, Botswana from Johannesburg when they discovered a bridge had been washed away because of heavy rain.

That put a stop to the journey for Johan Groenewald, Carlos Santos and Pieter Roussow - and when they left their vehicles, they came face-to-face with the thirsty elephant.

They immediately gave it water from their bottles and after searching for its herd, called an elephant sanctuary in Botswana before loading the animal into their truck.

After the bridge was fixed, they continued travelling to their destination and dropped the elephant at its new home.