These elephants have an unfortunate upbringing without a mother, but just how disturbing this was shook me.
Bonds between an elephant mother and her offspring can be described as the most beautiful animal relationship on earth, and this isn't an exaggeration. In just about all cases, a female born elephant will stay with her mother until at least adulthood.
As for the male born, it is a bit different. They tend to stay close to their mothers until the age of 12. At this age, the boys become rowdy and hard to tolerate for the elder female elephants. In order for this behavior to stop, his mother or grandmother will escort him to the edge of the group. If the behavior does not stop, he will be removed entirely.