Everyone who is an animal lover will agree that elephants are intelligent and beautiful animals.
It has been proved that they take care for orphaned calves, mourn a dead companion and have deep connections with friends.
One of the world’s leading elephant sanctuaries, David Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage, prove the empathetic and loving nature of elephants when one of them refused to leave the side of his friend after she has been shot with poison arrow.
The elephant who was injured, Maikreti, was first brought to the orphanage in 2010 when she was found all alone in the Kenyan wilderness. A few years past while she was raised and rehabilitated, and then she was released back into the wild successfully where she belongs naturally.
#WorldElephantDay, which takes place on 12 August, is just around the corner! In the lead up to it, we're sharing our Top Seven Reasons to Love Elephants: #7 — They’ve developed their own skin care routine! Many of us panic about getting wrinkles, but elephants are born with them. While they eschew smooth skin, they do care about sun protection and slather on natural sunscreen (in the form of mud or sand). At the #DSWT, we cover the younger orphans' delicate ears with sunscreen and even shade them with an umbrella when the sun is particularly harsh! Find out how you can share your love of elephants this World Elephant Day at: ►sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/WED◄ • • • Image © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The first instinct, when she was shot in July this year with a poison arrow, was to go back to the orphanage as she thought of it as a home. She remembered the way vets were treating her and showing her love, so Maikreti got back to the place she knows as safe. Not only that she got back but also other elephants had memories of her.
Poisoned arrow that got stuck in her side was not really a threat for her life, but all friends she had, whether elephants or humans, gathered around her while she was treated.
Even after the #DSWT orphans “graduate” from our care, they always know who they can turn to when they’re in trouble. Earlier this month, graduate orphan #Makireti returned to the stockades with a poisoned arrow lodged in her side. The Ithumba Keepers quickly called Dr. Poghon, who was able to remove the arrow and treat her wound. The other orphans were very concerned for their friend, and Kilabasi and Kibo stood sentry throughout the treatment. We’re not sure why poachers targeted Makireti, as she only has one small tusk. Regardless, we’re happy that she knew where to come for help and that her wounds are healing fantastically. In light of the incident, we brought in another team to monitor the area for poachers, and arrested one the very next day. We’ll continue to patrol vigilantly so that elephants like Makireti can enjoy the safe life in the wild that they deserve. Learn more about our anti-poaching work at: ►thedswt.org/antipoaching◄ • • • Image © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
There was one elephant which was more concerned for her health and condition. This was a young male named Kibo who refused to move away from his friend while the treatment was done. He stayed out of the way during the treatment, hanging over the shoulder of carers.
When they finished their job, Kibo made a really special and unforgettable moment for everyone in the crew at David Sheldrick. He held the trunk in which Maikreti laid unconsciously, then as soon as she woke up, he started nudging her in order to wake her up, which melted the hearts of everyone.
When the anesthetic lost its effect, Maikreti slowly rise on her feet. Now, she got on full recovery and will stay in the orphanage until the wound heals completely.
This is one of the rares happy moments where all are reunited, but we need to remember that these animals should be safe and protected by any evil in the wilderness!