Orphaned elephants in Nairobi have a best friend. Her name is Daphne Sheldrick and she has nurtured, loved, and taken in hundreds of homeless elephants for more than 50 years.
They were orphaned by illegal poaching.
Sheldrick is a hero to elephants and advocates of protecting wildlife, as well as an enemy to elephant poachers, since that’s how many of the elephants she’s cared for have ended up in her care. Poaching, of course, is illegal, and when parents of an elephant are killed, the babies become orphans.
She’s been doing this awhile…
Now in her 80s, Sheldrick still keeps the same routine of protecting and taking care of her animal friends. Each morning, she wakes with the same fire and passion for these gentle giants. Her biggest fear is that they will some day become extinct.
The babies give back the love.
Her inspiring work to keep poachers from taking any more of these gorgeous creatures is admired by a great number of people, but no admiration and gratitude are deeper than that of the elephants themselves.
The story was featured on PBS.
This footage shown in the video is from Argo film’s, “Wisdom of the Wild”, part of the PBS Nature Series documentary. Sheldrick was featured in the film along with her elephant orphanage.
You’ve never been loved in the way an elephant loves Sheldrick. It’s an entirely reciprocal exchange of gratitude that has no words—only elephant hugs.
Watch the video below:
Source: 80 y/o saved elephants from poachers – Years later they line up to thank her in the most beautiful way from Happiest.