Habitat loss and poaching are all too common in Africa, and sadly, many elephants are dying much faster than they were born. But fortunately, one particular elephant had a happy ending.
Rescuers discovered a two-month-old baby elephant on the verge of death. She was lying in a coma in a small cage, and they weren’t sure if she would make it in time.
The baby elephant, named Thoma, was rescued back in 2001 in Central Kenya, after the forest it lived in was destroyed by human settlements.
The elephants are terrified and only come out from hiding at night to find food. They “lived a life of pain and horror at the hands of humans,” wrote the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).
They took Thoma to the DSWT Elephant Orphanage, where she spent the next few years recuperating and becoming a happy and healthy elephant again.