Last evening I watched a documentary on CBC's Nature of Things program, entitled For the love of Elephants. This program featured the incredible work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a wildlife refuge in Nairobi, Kenya, which is dedicated to rescuing orphaned baby elephants that have lost their mothers and elephant familiers to poaching or human/animal conflict.
As I watched the incredible account of how baby elephants are rescued and transported to the wildlife compound where they can begin their healing journey from the trauma and pain from how they came to be orphaned, I was so deeply moved by the care, absolute love, compassion and devotion, that the baby elephant's kenyan keepers have for their animal children. If there is anything that is to be learned and understood about elephants, it is that they have a very strong and innate need to belong and socialize with other elephants. When they are separated from their family through death, the trauma is so very much like that which we humans experience.
Watching this story really touches your heart and made me feel very greatful in knowing that there is a place on earth where animals are so loved, protected and nurtured. If you watch, be sure to keep the kleenex handy!
For the Love of Elephants at CBC :