Two orphaned baby elephants have become best friends after being rescued by a wildlife foundation.
Ashaka and Kamok were discovered in the wild after being ab.and.oned by their mother a year ago.
The African elephants – both named after parts of Kenya – were adopted by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on the outskirts of Nairobi, and have since been inseparable.
Now, the rowdy duo spends their days rolling around in the mud, chasing warthogs and smothering bushes.
Kamok was only a day old when she was aba.ndo.ned by her mother and herds of livestock. Her limbs were weak, and she couldn’t walk.
She wandered alone and fearfully into a camp in the Ol Pejeta reserve, where rangers began bottle-feeding her.
Two months later, three-week-old Ashaka was found at the bottom of a deep waterhole after waking Kenya Wildlife Service rangers in Tsavo East with her distressed scream.
‘These bonds will last a lifetime.
“Kamok and Ashaka were rescued within a few months, and since they were both girls in the original group of infants, they settled into daycare knowing they had a playmate and a friend of each other.”
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust cares for endangered elephants and black
rhinoceros. It is also taking care of a baby giraffe named Zili.
Founded in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E in memory of her late husband, it focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants.
The Trust has cared for more than 150 elephants for nearly 40 years, re-entering animals back into the wild when they are ready.