For elephants, family is everything — so it’s no surprise that they choose to share their new family member with their former human carers, for they are part of their family,” a caretaker said.
Gratitude is a feeling that truly goes beyond humankind. And when it comes to wild animals, most people are petrified of them. However, little do they know that most wild animals feel the same emotions as us — be it feeling sad, playful and in this case gratefulness.
And that’s what exactly happened at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya when Yatta, a wild elephant, was eagerly waiting to show off her newest baby to her former caretakers.
“She’s a proud momma,” caretakers at the animal center spoke about Yatta. “And in a show of absolute trust and affection, she brought her newest baby back to meet the people who saved her.”
Yatta is an 18-year-old elephant who lived with human caretakers from 1 month of age and was sent back to the wild in 2009. At the sanctuary, she would spend most of her time with the caretakers and other elephants before she started living with other adult ex-orphaned elephants in the wild.
And in 2017, she showed up at the sanctuary with her newborn calf to introduce him to the people who took her in as an orphan in 1999. Rob Brandford, of DSWT, told The Dodo that although it was quite common for ex-orphans to return with their newborn calves, every time they decide to visit “is amazing”.
“We have not only saved an orphan baby and raised her, but she has successfully returned to the wild and started her own family,” Brandford added. “For elephants, family is everything — so it’s no surprise that they choose to share their new family member with their former human carers, for they are part of their family.”
Meet miracle mum's newest babyYatta is an orphaned elephant who grew up in the care of the DSWT and reintegrated back into the wild more than eight years ago. She's now a proud momma to two wild born calves and, in a show of absolute trust and affection for her former carers, brought her newest baby Yoyo back to meet the people that saved her! Yatta is one of more than 100 orphaned elephants we've helped return to the wild, all watched over by our field teams who patrol to keep these miracle mums safe. Meet the other orphans, and their calves, who beat the odds to return to their birth right: www.thedswt.org/wild-born-babies
Posted by Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on Wednesday, 6 December 2017
“Imagine our delight when she chose to share her second birth with us, returning to her former stockades and her human family, so that we could be a part of celebrating the arrival of her new baby — a healthy little boy,” caretakers added.
“We are delighted to witness the ex-orphan herds beginning to expand so naturally,” they said. “There could be no greater gift for us, or testament to the success of the Orphans Project, than to share the joy of such perfectly healthy baby elephants like our three ‘October kids.’”
Animals are truly amazing to us. We should be amazing to them too.