Best friends come in various forms and sizes, as we all know. Nobody could have predicted that when the David Shelldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) rescued a newborn elephant named Jotto, he would become friends with an ostrich.
After falling in the well and becoming isolated from his herd, the 1-month-old elephant was rescued. He was sent to a Kenyan elephant orphanage where he might recover before being released back into the wild. There, he met and became friends with Pea, an ostrich.
Pea and her ostrich brother Pod were found by elephant orphanage personnel while attempting to save a young elephant. They decided to take the two ostriches back to the shelter with the baby elephant since they were in need of assistance.
Pod finally made his way back to the wild, where he could join other ostriches. Pea, on the other hand, remains in the elephant shelter with the other elephants, where she feels fully at home. Pea appears to assume that she is a member of the elephant herd.
Jotto and Pea were constantly snuggling and showing affection for one another when they first met. To assist the young elephant recuperate and feel better, the loving ostrich snuggles with him. And, of course, when the tiny elephant cuddles with his feathery companion, he is happy.
“It’s safe to say orphaned ostrich Pea thinks she’s a member of the elephant herd, and young Jotto is more than happy to cuddle with his feathery friend,” DSWT said this week. “Beautifully sensitive moments at the Nairobi Nursery, where these two orphans, along with many others, are being given the chance to recover and, when ready, return to the wild.”