This is the heartwarming moment when a lost infant elephant is reunited with his mother and runs back to her in delight after being rescued from a well.
The bull elephant calf became separated from his family when he tumbled down a water well and was trapped at the Sera Community Conservancy in northern Kenya.
The family was forced to relocate without him, but fortunately, rangers were there to save the elephant and hatch a plan to reunite him with his mother.
They fastened the calf to a tree nearby in the hopes that his herd would return and look for him.
The rangers stayed with the elephant all day to keep it fed and hydrated, as the hours passed without any news of the herd.
When they heard the faint sound of heavy footsteps in the distance, they untied the elephant calf.
The rangers quickly left the area to avoid disturbing the oncoming herd as the youngster found out his family had arrived.
He lifts his ears in optimism and begins walking towards the sound, but then he picks up the speed and runs toward the herd.
The calf is then encouraged to go in the correct direction by initiating a game of chase and heading for the elephants.
Finally, the calf recognizes his family and charges towards them, straddling himself to reach the mother and the herd.
The footage depicts the mother’s eagerness to see her son return as she flaps her ears and wags her tail with delight.
Meanwhile, the infant runs right to the rest of the herd and straight to his mother.
The baby calf and his mother are seen playing together before the mother walks away to some rocks. This time, rather than getting lost, the calf stays close by his mother’s side to ensure he doesn’t get separated again.
The video of the incredible journey was shared to the Northern Rangelands Trust’s YouTube channel, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing resilient community conservancies.