The Importance of the Herd
The best option for an abandoned baby elephant is to re-introduce it to its herd as quickly as possible in the hope that it’s allowed to re-join. Luckily, due to living near a reserve, the rescuers knew what herd he belonged to, and efforts began to reunite him with his family.
Tragically, the herd rejected several attempts to take the baby elephant back. The team quickly realized they would have to take care of him themselves, then try and release him back into his herd again at a later date. It wasn’t the ideal option, but it was the only way forward.