Love knows no bounds, whether by size, age, or even species.
This was beautifully demonstrated when an abandoned elephant and giraffe formed an incredible bond after being rescued in Nairobi.
The Kenyan Wildlife Service discovered Kiko, the baby giraffe, alone and helpless, and took him to a local wildlife trust in Nairobi National Park.
He was only a month old and thus too small to sleep in the giraffe stable, so he was kept with the elephants.
This is where his unlikely friendship with Lobito, a lively elephant calf who was only three weeks old, began. They eventually became inseparable.
Lobito the elephant is seen struggling to keep up with his long-legged friend in the heartwarming footage.
Without access to their mother’s milk, neither of the adorable pair would have survived in the wild.
The two orphans have been given a second chance at life thanks to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Loboito made up for his lack of size with his enthusiasm and energy.
You’ll always see the eager elephant trotting excitedly behind his favorite companion.
Loboito appears to enjoy nothing more than spending time under his friend’s long legs.
When he finally catches up to his long-legged companion, you can see Kiko bending down and giving him a cheeky kiss and cuddle.
According to Rob Brandford, Executive Director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (UK),
‘Kiko has been extremely trusting and affectionate with his carers since the day he was rescued, and he enjoys spending time with the youngest elephant calves.’
‘Loboito follows Kiko around and especially enjoys spending time beneath Kiko’s legs and belly.’
‘Without their mother’s milk, neither animal could have survived in the wild.’
‘They are receiving specialized care until they are old enough to be reintroduced into the wild.’
‘Our dedicated team of keepers substitute for the orphans’ families and are with the babies 24 hours a day, even sleeping alongside them in their stable at night,’ says the organization.
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