Some days we all need a hug.
Luckily, Suria the elephant stepped up for a young adult male captured while ransacking village orchards on the East Coast of Malaysia.
When at last after three exhausting days of tranquilizers and mud he stood swaying on the back of a truck destined for the national forest, Suria leaned in close, swung her trunk around and began lightly massaging his nose. He responded by twisting his trunk tightly around hers, clinging to her like a drowning victim.
It was a touching moment when the veterinarians, researchers and team stepped back, wiped the sweat and mud from their faces, and reminded themselves why their jobs are so important.