This bonding is so important for elephants - especially the girls. "Female elephants stay with the herd for life," Amie Alden of DSWT told The Dodo. "They raise their own calves alongside mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts."
The female elephants of a herd act as nannies for their friends' babies. "In elephant society, the females in the group step in to help, which is also great for mum but also for younger females who learn the ropes of how to care for their own calves in the future," Alden said.
So Wiva, who has a growing fan club among the people at DSWT, is also lucky to live with a whole group of elephants who love her. And she is just one of 18 wild-born orphan babies who were rehabilitated and released into the wild by DSWT, according to Alden. "One of 18 ... that we know of!" Alden said.