Orphaned baby elephant returns to her carer after being released into the wild but rejected by the herd

This is the heartwarming moment an orphaned baby elephant returns to its caretaker’s lap – days after being released into the wild and rejected by her own herd.

A two-year-old jumbo named Chabakeaw was found stranded alone in the mud in Bueng Kan, northeastern Thailand, and was rescued by wildlife officers.

After 5 months of being nurtured by hands, the branch decided to release the baby back to the wild.

Orphaned baby elephant Chabakeaw returns to her carer’s lap after she was found abandoned by her wild herd in northeastern Thailand
The two-year-old baby was hand-reared by wildlife officers for five months before she was released again into the wild. The officers believe that her time spent with humans, from such a young age, would have made it difficult for the herd to accept her
Chabakeaw can be seen sniffing around her human ‘parent’ before she curled up in his lap for a snooze

However, two days later, the police discovered that the girl had been abandoned again, about a mile from the place of liberation.

She was then taken into care.

Footage from last Friday afternoon shows the adorable moment Chabakeaw curled up in his human parent’s lap for a nap, safe in the safety and comfort of her rescuer.

Pichet Noonto, an elephant specialist, said that they will take care of her while planning for her future. He added that they may not be able to release her again into the wild
Chabakeaw was rescued in April after officers found her trapped in mud in northeast Thailand
Here, her human ‘parent,’ can be seen petting her after she lays down for a slumber

Pichet Noonto, an elephant expert with the IUCN Species Survival Commission, explained that the problem with Chabakeaw is that she is now unable to integrate into the herd after being left behind as a baby.

He said: ‘We believe she was not accepted by the herd leader due to her being raised by humans for over five months. She would have had difficulty adapting to the elephant behavior in the wild and been kicked away.

‘We’ll take care of her while we plan her future, but sending her back to the herd again might not be one of the options.’

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