Ostrich Snuggles Orphaned Elephants So They Don't Feel Alone
"Orphaned ostrich Pea most definitely believes she is part of the elephant herd."
Jotto was just a 1-month-old elephant calf when he became separated from his herd after he fell down a well.
Rescuers with David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) pulled Jotto out of the well and brought him to their elephant orphanage in Kenya, where he could grow up healthy enough to be released back into the wild.
Little did Jotto know that at the orphanage full of elephants like him, he'd end up bonding with Pea, an ostrich.
Pea was rescued back in October 2014, when rescuers went to save a baby elephant and found baby Pea, and her brother Pod, in need, too.
So people took Pea and Pod back to the elephant nursery with them. Since then, Pea and Pod grew into healthy young ostriches - so healthy that, earlier this year, Pod decided to fly the coop.
But Pea has stuck around with her elephants, as well as with another tall orphan, an orphaned giraffe named Kiko.
"It is safe to say orphaned ostrich Pea most definitely believes she is part of the elephant herd and little Jotto is more than happy to enjoy a cuddle with his feathered friend," DSWT wrote this week. "Beautifully tender moments at the Nairobi Nursery, where these two orphans and many, many others, are being given the opportunity to heal and, when they are ready, to return to the wild."
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