This Elephant Calf Was Cast Aside By His Herd, But An Unlikely Friend Brought Love Into His Life

Elephants are social creatures that need the support of herds if they are to live happy, healthy lives. So when in August 2015 a rescue team found a solitary baby elephant at the Bonamanzi Game Reserve in Hluhluwe, South Africa, they were extremely concerned for the animal’s future.

Subsequently, the two-week-old calf – officially named Unbuntu but also known as Ellie – was taken to the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve in Zululand to be assessed. And while there, rehabilitation experts were shocked to realize that not only had the baby elephant been rejected by his herd, but he was also critically ill.

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