A young elephant, even after she was released into the wild, retained a deep affection and trust in the people who raised her. And, of course, she couldn't help but share the most precious thing with them.
In 2006, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya rescued an orphaned baby elephant named Loijuk. She was barely able to stand due to hunger and dehydration.
Years passed, but Loijuk maintained a close bond with her human family. Every month she returned to the territory of the reserve to visit the people with whom she spent her childhood. Last fall, the 14-year-old elephant came again - and not alone. Loijuk brought her newborn baby elephant. It was clear that the proud mother was in a hurry to show the baby - according to experts, the baby elephant was only a few hours old.
Together with her daughter - she was named Lily - the elephant went straight to the chief caretaker Benjamin Kialo. She allowed him to approach the baby elephant, pet him with her hand and even breathe into his trunk - this is how the staff of the reserves "acquaint" the elephants with their smell.
Here is how this touching meeting happened:
After that, Loydzhuk left, but did not go far. The elephant settled on the territory of the reserve, where the fund's employees were able to observe the life of the family and feed it.
In the wild, a baby elephant raises the whole herd. So, before the birth of Lily, Loydzhuk "nursed" someone else's offspring, and now two other orphans look after her baby elephant - elephants Nazerian and Itumba.
Although Lily is forever a part of this herd, her mother still decided to show her one more place to return to if she needed help.