Baby elephants are one of the most adorable and innocent wild animals. These giants have a puppy soul and are very friendly to humans. Who can resist their big bright eyes? But some poor people mean to trap and hunt these lovely creatures. Some could wait until some kind people come to help them but some couldn’t.
Khanyisa, the brave baby albino elephant in this story is an example. She was found trapped in a poacher’s snare at a private reserve close to the border of Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The poor calf was spotted and rescued by some volunteers at Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD). She was immediately taken to the sanctuary and got treatment for her injuries.
The helpless baby elephant was tangled there for 4 days. The snare had wrapped around her cheeks; causing deep wounds on her mouth, face, and ears.
More seriously, those wounds got infected as maggots had started eating the open flesh. The poor animal had to suffer a lot.
“She looked so innocent, fragile and pure, and yet so brave – a unique beauty who had been [wounded] by the hands of man,” Sue Howells at the elephant orphanage told.
Thankfully, Khanyisa is in good condition now. The baby elephant is such a strong girl. She made an incredible recovery, staying healthy and happy now.
“She is incredibly resilient. Her sweet, fragile and thoughtful personality shines through her toughness, despite everything that she has endured.” Sue Howells added.
As you can see, the elephant calf is different from others in their species. She is an albino. Her pink skin makes her so adorable and conspicuous whenever she is.
Regarding the HERD organization, it’s an elephant orphanage. It had been initially established as a cheetah breeding project, but it then evolved into a wildlife conservation center.