Hey Dumbo, did you ever see an elephant fly? Curious elephant calf is spent spinning through the air after picking a mismatched fight | By John Hall for MailOnline | August 28, 2014

The small calf was among herd of elephants refreshing themselves at the lagoon, the buffalo walk in.

The small calf was among herd of elephants refreshing themselves at the lagoon, the buffalo walk in.

The calf was clearly put out by the presence of the mature buffalo, decided to charge the huge bull

The calf was clearly put out by the presence of the mature buffalo, decided to charge the huge bull

After making the unwise decision to challenge a mature buffalo, he was sent flying into the air

After making the unwise decision to challenge a mature buffalo, he was sent flying into the air

•Over-confident elephant calf was flung up into the air after challenging a mature bull buffalo to a fight

•The very one-sided brawl took place at the Spekboom lagoon in South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park

•Although calf’s pride was undoubtedly hurt, he escaped serious injury and hid behind his mother for rest of the day

This is the moment a young elephant was sent flying after unwisely attempting to intimidate a huge buffalo bull.

The over-confident calf was among a herd of elephants refreshing themselves at the Spekboom lagoon in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa when the mature buffalo walked towards the water to join them.

While the adult elephants seemingly paid little attention to their new drinking partner, the calf was clearly put out by his presence – charging towards him in the bizarre hope that his tiny frame would somehow scare the massive buffalo into leaving the area.

Needless to say, the bull wasn’t intimidated in the slightest and casually waited until the young elephant was within striking range before shoving him with his huge horned head. The poor calf was thrown several feet into the air before crashing back down on to the South African savanna.

The whole sorry incident, which took place in March this year, was caught on camera by local wildlife guide Conrad Cramer.

Mr Cramer said that although the calf’s pride was undoubtedly hurt, he escaped physical injury and spent the rest of the day hiding behind his mother.

‘What surprised me was that the other elephants were in no way disturbed by the chain of events, but rather seemed to see it as a life lesson that the youngster had to learn,’ Mr Cramer said. 

While the adult elephants seemingly paid little attention, the calf decided to fight the bull

While the adult elephants seemingly paid little attention, the calf decided to fight the bull

The bull wasn't intimidated & casually waited until the young elephant was within striking distance

The bull wasn’t intimidated & casually waited until the young elephant was within striking distance

The young calf's body twisted in a painful-looking way, he wound up in an embarrassing pile on grass

The young calf’s body twisted in a painful-looking way, he wound up in an embarrassing pile on grass

The young elephant ends up in a heap on the floor after his unwise decision to start a fight

The young elephant ends up in a heap on the floor after his unwise decision to start a fight

Conrad Cramer: although the calf's pride was hurt, his thick skull ensured he escape injury

Conrad Cramer: although the calf’s pride was hurt, his thick skull ensured he escape injury

The bull buffalo continued to hang around in the area after the distinctly one-sided fight

The bull buffalo continued to hang around in the area after the distinctly one-sided fight

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