The Sheep and the Baby Elephant – The famous story of Albert and Themba

Themba’s mother di.ed when he was six months old. For a week, veterinarians at the Sanbona wildlife sanctuary in South Africa observed him and believed another elephant would adopt him. But Themba was left alone after his first week at Sanbona.

Then the animal hospital decided to take him to the wildlife rehabilitation area in Shamwari, and they introduced Albert the sheep to Themba. But unfortunately, Albert was scared and hid in a cave for twelve hours.

“During their first encounter, Themba sped the sheep and chased it around his watering hole. But Themba was curious and kept coming up and poking his trunk over the poles, touching Albert’s woolly back and sniffing. ”

Filmmaker Lyndal Davies, who was filming the documentary at Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, said: “The next morning, Albert started venturing out, and Themba wouldn’t leave Albert’s side, and the two were seen exploring their surroundings with Themba’s trunk resting on Albert’s back.

After all, Themba and Albert became best friends forever. They haven’t been apart since then. And this wonderful brotherhood has gone viral on social media.


“Albert is like a brother to Themba, and he is definitely an important member of the Themba family. We were a little apprehensive when we started with we might end up with an elephant through a sheep. However, it turned out the other way around. ”

“Albert copied everything Themba’s did. In fact, they have almost the same diet. Albert is the first sheep I have ever seen that eats a thorny acacia bush.”

“He has been researching Themba and worked out. The best way to get his mouth around the long, sharp spines to reach the juicy leaves.”

Dr Johan Joubert, director of the wildlife center, reveals his thoughts on these amazing friends. However, the wildlife centre’s team hopes to release Themba back into the wild and one day; they will separate with the memories of their friendship.