It will melt your heart – Video Rescued giraffe Kiko has formed a friendship with orphaned elephant calf Loboito

They say love has no limits, and that’s certainly true for an abandoned elephant and giraffe, who form a lovable relationship after being rescued in Nairobi.

Kiko, a baby giraffe, has been taken to a wildlife trust in Nairobi National Park after being discovered helpless and alone by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Watch the video at the end.

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When he was a month old, he was too young to sleep in a giraffe cage but was instead placed next to the elephants, where he had an unlikely friendship with orphaned colleague Loboito, a boisterous three-week-old calf.

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They say love knows no bounds, and that is definitely true of an abandoned elephant and giraffe who have formed an adorable bond after being rescued in Nairobi.

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After being rescued, the pair were housed next to each other as Kiko was too small to sleep in the giraffe stables.

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Wait for me: Loboito the elephant can be seen struggling to keep up when trotting behind his leggy friendIn October, the heartwarming scene captured shows a small giraffe playing with his new friend, who was brought in after being found alone and hungry in Samburu.

None of these lovable friends have survived in the wild as they still rely solely on breast milk, but thanks to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphanage, they’ve been given a new chance in life.

And what little Loboito lacks in size, compared to his long-legged friend, he makes up more in enthusiasm.

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As the rescued Kiko walks through the orphanage, an elephant can be seen eagerly running behind him, desperate to keep up with his spotted companion.

According to the wildlife trust, the little calf loves nothing more than spending time under his friend’s long legs.

As he tries to catch up, incredible clips show Kiko leaning over to snuggle up on cheeky Loboito.

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Even though the couple is still bottle-feeding, the staff noted that they would soon request a ladder to reach the rapidly growing Kiko.

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According to the wildlife trust, the tiny elephant loves nothing more than to spend time under the long legs of his buddy.

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Second chance: The keepers are surrogate parents for the orphaned animals, who have all had a sad start to life

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Lovely kids never get bored because they have lots of playmates to keep them entertained.

Wear colored coats; other agitated elephants can be seen lining up with Kiko and Loboito to be petted and fed by their caregivers.

Sadly, elephants and giraffes in the National Park still face danger from poachers, with the number of giraffes believed to have decreased by 30% over the past decade.

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Rob Brandford is the Managing Director of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (UK).

He said: “Kiko is extremely trusting and affectionate with his caregivers, and from the moment he was rescued, he has enjoyed spending time with the tiniest baby elephants.”

“Loboito follows Kiko wherever he goes and especially likes to spend time under Kiko’s legs and stomach.”

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Rob added that without the rescue team and caregivers’ heroic efforts, both animals would not be alive today.

He said: “Both animals cannot survive in the wild without breast milk.”

“They are under special care until they are old enough to reintegrate back into the wild.”

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“Our dedicated care team replaces orphans’ families and stays with babies 24 hours a day – even sleeping with them in a cage at night.”

Scroll down for the video.

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Kiko pictured being rescued after being found abandoned in Kenya’s Meru National Park in September.

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Playmates: Kiko the baby giraffe goes for a stroll with some of his new friends who are wearing colored coats.

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Tall drink of water: The clip shows Kiko being given a drink by keepers, although the pair are still bottle-fed, staff note they will soon require a ladder to reach the growing giraffe.

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Playtime: The animals queue up to be fed and played with by one of the keepers in the trust.

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Sad start to life: Kiko was rescued after being found abandoned in Kenya’s Meru National Park in September.

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Special bond: The animals are given round-the-clock care until they are old enough to be reintegrated back into the wild.

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Special bond: The animals are given round-the-clock care until they are old enough to be reintegrated back into the wild.

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Loboito enjoys getting to stretch his legs along with several other friends in his new home.

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Caring attention: One of the keepers gives Kiko some love and affection at the wildlife trust

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