This heart-warming story about a baby elephant who was sick almost brought us to tears.
He was abandoned by his herd and rescued by Karen Trendler and the staff of the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in South Africa. He was critically ill when they found him and needed medical attention. He had a large umbilical abscess and septicemia, and was intolerant to milk.
The volunteers had to make extraordinary efforts to keep him healthy. Ellie was already feeling better after some care, but, are you ready – he was sad without a friend.
That’s about the saddest thing we read today. But don’t despair – the story has a lovely ending. As much as we’d love to be friends with Ellie now, we weren’t there then, so they had to come to a different solution.
Take a look at this adorable video. Friendship is so meaningful, no matter the species, and Duma was the reason Ellie started to get his life back!