At the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Nairobi, Kenya, a unique bond has formed between an ostrich and a group of orphaned baby elephants.
Pea, the ostrich, was rescued in 2014 and soon became an important member of the elephant nursery, serving as both a companion and entertainer for the young elephants.
The elephants at DSWT showered Pea with affection, hugging and playing with her as she integrated herself into their family.
Among Pea’s many friends at the sanctuary, a baby elephant named Jotto formed a particularly strong connection with her. Jotto was only a month old when he was found at the bottom of a well, having fallen in a while his keepers had taken the herd for water. Rescued and brought to the DSWT elephant orphanage, Jotto was given the opportunity to recover his health and prepare for his eventual return to the wild.
It was at the sanctuary that Jotto and Pea met and instantly bonded. The two orphans were often seen cuddling, napping, and enjoying each other’s company.
DSWT described the relationship between Pea and Jotto in a post, stating, “Orphaned ostrich Pea most definitely believes she is part of the elephant herd, and little Jotto is more than happy to enjoy a cuddle with his feathered friend.”
The heartwarming moments shared by these two unlikely friends demonstrate the healing power of friendship and the strong bonds that can form between different species when given a chance.
Via: The Dodo