An orphaned baby elephant’s heartrending moment of mourning is captured as it grieves its mother’s death, a victim of a poacher’s poisoned spear, evoking a deep sense of loss and the poignant impact of human actions on wildlife

This is the heartbreaking moment that an orphaned baby elephant mourns the death of her mother after she was killed for her ivory tusks by a poacher’s poisoned spear.

In the footage, the traumatised animal, named Roi, is seen standing over her mother’s dead body following the brutal raid.

This is the heartbreaking moment than an orphaned baby elephant mourns the death of her mother after she was killed by a poacher’s poisoned spear for her ivory tusks

In the footage, the traumatised animal, named Roi, is seen standing over her mother’s dead body in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park

The young female calf, who was visibly distressed, faced starvation without her mother’s milk

In heart-wrenching scenes, the baby elephant looks lost as she waits to be rescued from the national park

Just 24 hours earlier, the endangered animals had been photographed playing happily together

The 10-month-old orphan temporarily joined another herd, but faced starvation without her own mother’s milk.

Luckily, Roi was later taken to safety after a dramatic rescue by wildlife experts.

During the complex operation, the youngster was manoeuvred away from the herd, tranquillised and put on a plane.

Roi was then taken to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi National Park, where trained keepers are now caring for her.

Rob Brandford, UK Director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, said: ‘Roi arrived in good health but was clearly traumatised from witnessing the death of her mother.

‘She took milk from the keepers early but was wary and understandably a little nervous around her new surroundings, not trusting the keepers. Once she met the other orphans, she was immediately comfortable and content. 

Luckily, the distressed 10-month-old orphan – who faced starvation without her mother’s milk – was dramatically rescued and taken to safety

In a complex operation, the youngster was manoeuvred away from the herd, tranquillised and put on a plane

This is the rescue operation which took place after Roi was left orphaned following her mother’s death

‘The older elephants paid her attention and provided her with the love and affection she craved and missed.

‘As the days have passed little Roi has settled in completely and is now extremely attached to her keepers, familiar with the routine and is playing once more – she is a confident little elephant.’

Ivory poaching is a huge problem in Africa, killing one elephant every 15 minutes.

The David Sheldrick Wilfdlife Trust is hoping to raise £15,000 to save more baby elephants like Roi who are orphaned by poaching.

She joined a new herd after her mother’s death but would have starved without her mother’s milk

Roi was soon taken to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi National Park, where trained keepers are now caring for her

Mr Brandford said: ‘Arriving as a fragile baby, Roi would not have survived without our intervention and she has now been afforded a second chance.

‘We have 82 infant elephants reliant on us right now and we need to be ready to provide the same life-saving care for other orphaned elephants in need.’

To donate to support the trust’s work, visit: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

Now at the orphanage, she joins dozens of other orphaned elephants who are also living with their new family

Roi, pictured, is said to have become very attached to her keepers at her new home and was described as a ‘confident little elephant’

She is pictured playing with friends at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi National Park

Sia

Related Posts

Heartwarming Moment Elephant Cries for Help as Antelope Falls into Water in Shared Enclosure

This is the incredible moment an elephant trumpeted in distress after an antelope fell into a pool in its enclosure. Footage shows the elephant, 60, in obvious distress…

Rescued Royalty: Heartwarming Tale of a Wild White Lion Saved from a Lifetime of Pain and Uncertainty

A rare white lion received a six-hour dental operation to remove the broken roots of its two rotting canine teeth. Aslan, a resident of the Kevin Richardson…

Gorilla Bobo’s Mysterious Behavior Unravels, Revealing Touching Gesture That Leaves Staff Overwhelmed

In a heartwarming video that has taken the internet by storm, a 25 yo gorilla named Bobo is seen cradling a tiny bush baby in Cameroon. The…

Golf Ball Heroes: Carolina Group Rescues Three from Dehydrated Rat Snake, a Remarkable Act of Compassion and Courage

Luckily for a 5½-foot Eastern rat snake, a Virginia woman noticed something was amiss. It had a large lump stuck halfway down its slender body. She took…

Unbelievable Story: Meet Hope, the Turtle with an Exposed Heart, and the Inspiring Tale of Her Owner’s Heartwarming Support

An albino baby turtle born with its heart beating outside its body has defied all the odds and appears to be thriving despite its disadvantages. The tiny…

Saving Grace: Heartbreaking Rescue of Sea Turtle Caught in Fish Net, Restored to Freedom in Miraculous Release

What humans have done to the wildlife is most readily visible on sea shores and beaches. All the plastic that is thrown in the ocean or the…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *