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.
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.
In 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.
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.
Even though the couple is still bottle-feeding, the staff noted that they would soon request a ladder to reach the rapidly growing Kiko.
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.
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, and 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.”
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.”
“Our dedicated care team replaces orphans’ families and stays with babies 24 hours a day – even sleeping with them in a cage at night.”
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