All of these baby elephants at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are orphans, but they have the kindest men to take care of them and act like their moms.
The men spend every single day with the baby elephants. They take them for morning walks, bond with them during naps, run around and play with them, and of course bottle-feed them. They drape blankets over the elephants while they’re eating to simulate standing under a mom elephant.
And when it’s time for bed at night, the keepers still don’t leave the elephants’ sides. They tuck them in and then sleep right above them to help them feel safe, just like their moms would in the wild. In the wild, baby elephants hardly ever leave their mom’s side and never wander more than a few feet away from them.
These kind-hearted men work with the Kenya Wildlife Service and have rescued hundreds of baby elephants since 1977. They take such great care of them and raise them until they’re healthy and old enough to return to the wild.
The keepers say raising these baby elephants is like raising human babies all over again. The experience is very similar. They even wake up in the middle of the night to feed them, just like you sometimes would with a newborn human.
These keepers are amazing and it’s incredible to see how much time and dedication that they put into helping these little elephants grow big and strong. Thanks to these men, so many elephants have gotten a second chance!