The story of Ellie, an African baby elephant, is one of adversity, growth, and the bittersweet reality of life. Born with an umbilical hernia, Ellie faced a tough start and was abandoned by her herd.
She was rescued by the Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa, a sanctuary for wild animals, including rhinos, zebras, and buffalo.
As intelligent and social creatures, elephants are prone to mental health issues like humans. The bond between herd members is crucial for young calves. Ellie’s physical and emotional struggles intensified without the support of her herd.
Thula’s dedicated handlers worked tirelessly to address Ellie’s hernia and poor mental health, eventually encouraging her to eat boiled rice, minerals, and coconut milk.
However, Ellie still struggled with depression and loneliness. In a heartwarming turn of events, the game reserve introduced Ellie to Duma, a German Shepherd. As natural companions, Duma and Ellie formed a strong bond over the next few months, with Ellie becoming more lively and confident in Duma’s presence.
The Thula Thula team hoped Ellie would eventually return to the wild and establish her herd. Unfortunately, after five months, Ellie relapsed and ultimately succumbed to her health issues.
Despite her short life, Ellie experienced love, friendship, and care thanks to the unwavering efforts of her rescuers and her loyal friend, Duma.
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