Baby Elephant Snuggles With Rescued Ostrich Who Thinks She's Part of the Herd
After its rescue by an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, this ostrich spends her days cuddling with the other orphans as if she were just another member of the herd.
Pea the ostrich, who was saved along with a baby elephant and her ostrich brother, Pod, was brought to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Nairobi Nursery, a sanctuary for elephants.
The pair of ostriches grew up alongside the elephants since their 2014 rescue, and the elephants can often be seen charging them, hugging them, or playfully attacking them, according to DSWT.
Although the sanctuary intended to release them into the wild at the same time, Pod ended up returning to their natural habitat early.
But, Pea managed to do just fine and even started to believe she's just another elephant in the herd.
In particular, she spends her days snuggled up next to Jotto, a baby elephant rescued to the sanctuary earlier this year.
Rescuers found Jotto when he was barely a month old. The baby elephant had fallen to the bottom of a well.
According to DSWT, rescuers were unable to reunite him with his family and brought him back to the DSWT Nairobi Nursery, where they treated him with a mud bath and special milk.
He soon became one of the many elephants at the sanctuary, but Pea the ostrich managed to catch his eye.
"Little Jotto is more than happy to enjoy a cuddle with his feathered friend," the rescue wrote on Facebook. "These two orphans and many, many others, are being given the opportunity to heal and, when they are ready, to return to the wild."