The ebb and flow of life in the wild can be brutal.
Baby animals in the wild showing any signs of sickness or weakness are often abandoned by members of their own families.
A baby elephant suffered this fate and was facing death in South Africa.
Known as Ellie, the elephant was just two weeks old when he was rejected by his herd and rescued by staff at the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage.
Ellie suffered from naval and joint problems; a large umbilical abscess; and septicemia, a bacterial infection of the blood. He was close to death until Karen Trendler, a conservationist, and the staff of the orphanage provided love and care to help Ellie gradually improve.
“He is still with us and finally stabilizing,” Trendler wrote on Facebook. “It has been an intense and challenging time and an emotional roller coaster.”
But something was still missing – that last step to push Ellie through to full recovery. He craved companionship, a connection to curb the loneliness of his herd’s rejection.
Along comes Duma, a former service and sniffer dog, the orphanage staff decided to introduce to Ellie.
The positive impact on the young elephant was stunning.
“It had a massive impact on the elephant in that he suddenly started getting a little bit of interest in life again,” Trendler said.
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Source: NTDTV, Inspired