How Much Baby Elephants Love Their Moms, In 3 Tear-Jerking Minutes
Haven't cried yet today? Get ready.
This morning, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) released a short, animated film about a baby elephant and her mother ... and if you watch it, it'll be the most heart-wrenching but ultimately beautiful three minutes of your day.
For those of you who want the quick version, here's the story below.
Wherever a mother elephant goes, her baby is sure to follow.
Here, a mother leads her daughter to the watering hole and teaches her how to use her trunk.
As is to be expected in these tug-at-your-heartstrings videos, it only takes a matter of seconds for everything to change.
After the ambush leaves her mother tusked and lifeless, day turns into night for a young, restless elephant.
But she wakes up in an unfamiliar place, donning an unusual cape of sorts.
And though she has plenty to drink ...
... and many new friends to make ...
... an elephant never forgets.
There's more to the story.
If you have three minutes to spare, watch the full of the video below. It's beautifully animated by the hands of world renowned artist Hugo Guinness and scored by famed pop-composer Joe Trapanese.
The African elephant population has gone from an estimated 3 to 5 million at the start of the 1900s to less than 500,000 today. This is largely due to threats from humans such as poaching and habitat loss.
The DSWT is an anti-poaching wildlife rescue organization. Since its establishment in 1977, it has hand-reared over 190 orphaned elephants and has developed programs to successfully reintegrate orphans back into wild herds.
If you want to see a real life success story from DSWT, check out the story of Zurura who was rescued from a mine and rehabilitated back into the wild.