Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Vet Followed Orphaned Baby Elephant And Made An Adorable Discovery.

Miraculous Recovery

Miraculous Recovery

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The veterinarians and experts were stunned. Somehow, this baby elephant, who had been weak, sick, and depressed days earlier, was somehow making a swift recovery. It seemed as though he had gotten a second chance at life and he was playful and full of energy despite the fact that he was still ill and undernourished. This meant that his odds of survival had increased and it was due to a powerful bond he had formed with an unlikely animal.

Scared And Alone

Scared And Alone

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The two-week-old pachyderm had been roaming the wild all by himself after his herd abandoned him. He was eventually found in Hluhluwe’s Bonamanzi Game Reserve in South Africa. It seemed like the elephant had just about given up on life, but the rescuers weren't about to give up on him. So, they decided to pick him up and care for him the best way they knew how. But this was just the start of a rather unpleasant and prolonged experience.

Find His Herd

Find His Herd

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At first, rescuers tried looking for the baby elephant's original herd, because they knew that he probably wouldn't stand a chance without his fellow elephants. But the herd rejected him and the young creature found himself all alone for the second time in his young life. So, the rescuers took him to a custom-made sanctuary for South African wildlife called the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve in Zululand. There, they named him Ubuntu, but also gave him the nickname Ellie. There, they realized why he had been rejected.

He Was Sick

He Was Sick

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Vets at the sanctuary ran a complete medical check-up and discovered that Ellie had all sorts of health problems, including an infected umbilical hernia. Experts claimed that 99% of creatures with this condition don't survive. But the rescuers at the reserve didn't give up and provided Ellie with the best medical attention possible to ensure the creature bounced back. But the elephant's health was so bad that they knew that his recovery would be a bigger challenge than they anticipated.

Feeding Him Was A Challenge

Feeding Him Was A Challenge

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Ellie desperately needed milk in order to regain his strength. Unfortunately, his poor health made him lactose intolerant. So, the staff at the sanctuary tried other types of milk. They even went as far as bringing special milk formulas from Kenya and Zimbabwe. Sadly, Ellie rejected them all, which only made his malnourishment situation worse. Eventually, experts used protein, minerals, and coconut oil to synthesize a milk mixture that Ellie was willing and able to drink. But he was still in danger.

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