Baby Elephant Finds Comfort in Orphan Herd After Losing His Mom

A young elephant calf named Mukkoka found himself alone and scared near a river in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park.

Fortunately, rescuers from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) discovered the lost calf while conducting an aerial search. Despite efforts to locate his mother, her whereabouts remain unknown.

Upon rescuing Mukkoka, the team quickly transported him to the DSWT orphanage, where he received medical attention and much-needed nourishment.

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Once Mukkoka’s health improved, his caretakers knew it was time to introduce him to the essential part of his healing journey: companionship.

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Mukkoka after he was rescued. Source: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

As the orphaned calf met his new family, the other elephants embraced him, showering him with affection and reassurance.

Rob Brandford, executive director of DSWT, shared the heartwarming story with The Dodo, explaining that the elephants welcomed Mukkoka into their family with open trunks.

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Mukkoka is drinking a bottle. Source: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Elephants, known for their highly social nature, rely on one another for support and friendship. Mukkoka’s new adoptive family recognized his need for comfort and provided it without hesitation.

Their display of empathy, born from their shared experiences of loss, touched the human caretakers at DSWT.

Mukkoka will now spend the next decade under DSWT’s care, learning the ways of elephant life and preparing for eventual reintegration into the protected wild habitat.

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In the meantime, he’ll find solace and support from his loving adoptive family as he heals from his tragic loss.

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Mukkoka is comforted by his new herd. Source: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Mukkoka is holding trunks with another elephant. Source: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Mukkoka is outside with his herd. Source: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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