The elephant was sure that the workers of the reserve would not leave her baby in trouble. Wild animals are usually forever attached to the people who once saved their lives, and this heartbreaking story once again confirms this.
15 years ago, employees of the Kenyan Wild Animal Welfare Fund managed to save a little elephant, who was orphaned. She almost lost her life from starvation and could hardly stand on her feet. The baby was given the nickname Loijuk.
She lived in the reserve until she got stronger, and then she was released into her natural habitat.
Many years have passed since then, but the grateful elephant did not forget her saviors. She visited the reserve every month to see people. Recently, she came to the reserve again, but not alone, to share the happy news with her friends – just a couple of hours ago she had became a mother.
Now the mother and her cub Lily (the zoo staff called her so) visited the director of the reserve, Benjamin Kialo. Loydzhuk allowed him to caress the baby and let the baby sniff the people, because, just like that, by smell, elephants adapt to people.
After they met, the elephant left, but did not go far. She was more comfortable on the territory of the reserve and now the workers have the opportunity to both observe the life as a mother and feed them.
In the wild, Lily would have been raised by the whole herd, but apparently people inspire Lily more trust.