These dramatic pictures show a clash of the titans as a protective mother elephant and a ferocious crocodile get into an epic tug of war in Zambia. The female elephant and her calf were drinking from the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park when they were attacked.

The Crocodile launches its surprise attack as mother elephant and calf enjoy a drink
Baby elephant hides behind its mother 
Mother elephant is brought to her knees as the croc thrashes around
Mother elephant manages to turn away from the river, despite the crocs attempts to pull her in
With baby safe away from the water, mother elephant begins to flee, with crocodile still clamping down on her trunk
The mighty elephant drags the croc from the water
Despite the unwanted appendage, both mother and calf break out into a run
Freedom. Water gushes from her trunk as baby momentarily stumbles over the predator.

Despite their ordeal, mother and calf were spotted later that day drinking further downstream
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