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.
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 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.’