"All young elephants are extremely fragile, not least when they are still milk-dependent and have experienced being orphaned," Rob Brandford, the trust's executive director, told The Dodo. "For any rescue, the first few weeks for any young elephant orphan are always critical, as orphaned elephants learn to adapt to their new surroundings."
Part of Rapa's recovery has been making new friends who will help him feel at home. "In Rapa's case, we must let him grieve and work around his recovery path making sure that he feels part of our family and herd, and has the space to grieve like humans do, whilst ensuring he feels constantly reassured," Brandford said.
Just four days after being rescued, Rapa went out into the forest with the herd of other orphans for the first time. Even though he was still a little agitated, rescuers thought that meeting others like him could help him feel more settled.