Lonely Planet Writer

Ostrich chicks keep orphan elephant company during airlift rescue

Baby elephant.
Baby elephant. Image by darkroomillusions / CC BY 2.0

When David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) rescuers arrived in the remote Milgis Lugga region of Kenya to airlift an abandoned baby elephant to its sanctuary, they found two orphaned ostrich chicks keeping him company. The move was made to airlift the three together, and it was a successful journey. The elephant – now dubbed Wass – first fell into trouble when he became trapped in a well and became separated from his herd. Although rescued from its depths, attempts to reunite him with his herd by Milgis Trust scouts proved unsuccessful. Wass will eventually be released back into the wild after regaining his strength in the DSWT sanctuary. Read more: thedodo.com