A brave baby elephant in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve showed unwavering loyalty to its injured friend. The young bull was wounded by arrows, shot by local farmers who were protecting their crops. The rangers from Olarro Conservancy who discovered the injured elephants immediately contacted the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Mara Elephant Project (MEP), and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) for assistance. A mobile veterinary team was quickly sent to aid the injured elephants.
The team had to use sedatives administered via helicopter before attending to the animals. The baby elephant, possibly a sibling of the injured bull, remained devoted to its friend even as an older elephant left. The calf was remarkably calm and unaggressive despite the situation, suggesting that it understood that the veterinarians were there to help.
The veterinary team successfully treated all five elephants over two days, and they have since fully recovered and rejoined their herd. The baby elephant’s protective behavior towards its injured friend was deeply moving to the team, and making a difference in such situations is uplifting.
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