A mother elephant has been spotted mourning her dead calf by the side of a road after it fell victim to roadkill.

The accident took place on a road between two towns in the state of Johor in south-western Malaysia on Tuesday morning.

Footage taken by passing motorists shows an adult elephant guarding a carcass of a male calf in the bush right next to the motorway.

In another clip, about a dozen motorists and bikers stop at the opposite side of the road when they see the mother elephant marching on the road.

At one point, the majestic animal appears to be chasing after a minivan as it drives past.

Motorists found a mother elephant mourning her dead baby by the roadside after it got hit by a car
Motorists found a mother elephant mourning her dead baby by the roadside after it got hit by a car

Salman Saaban, director of the Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department, said they were alerted about the incident at around 7.45am on September 1.

An investigation team was sent to the scene where they found the elephant calf’s carcass lying by the side of the road.

Salman said: "The calf is believed to be between one and two years old, and it died due to being hit by a car.

"Investigations showed that the car was heading from the town of Kota Tinggi to Mersing before hitting the young elephant."

The protective animal stormed out on the road and chased after the passing cars
The protective animal stormed out on the road and chased after the passing cars

He added that they carried out a search and came across several adult elephants still lingering around the area.

Salman explained: "The area is a known hotspot for elephant crossings, and this is the third such case. Two other elephants died from being hit by a vehicle on October 6 last year and on May 21, 2018.

"The carcass will be buried after the department has recorded its morphology."