A tiny elephant got a second chance thanks to some kind-hearted truckers who saved him just in time. The South African drivers were on their way through Botswana when the convoy had to stop due to a technical problem at one of the trucks. But when the men get off their trucks, they were all surprised to see a baby elephant that popped up of the bushes. They soon realized something’s wrong with the poor creature and they rushed to help her!
When this group of truck drivers came across a tiny elephant in the middle of a road in Botswana’s wilderness, they initially thought she approached them driven by curiosity, yet they soon figured out, the little creature got actually lost. Worst, the baby elephant was in a very bad condition as she showed visible signs of dehydration. But the caring drivers immediately jumped in her help.
So, after they offered water to the thirsty elephant, they loaded her in one of the trucks and taken her til the closest sanctuary, at the Elephant Sands. The drivers beautiful gesture saved the little one’s life and impressed wildlife enthusiasts.
“I think Botswana as a whole has one of the most remarkable, ethical and compassionate wildlife conservation strategies in the world,” Paul Oxton, founder and director of Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation, explained to The Dodo. “Because of the efficacy of the nationwide strategy, we trust that this baby will get the very best treatment and care possible.”
The tiny little thing was less than three weeks old when the truckers rescued her, so she still has a long way to go, until she’ll be able to return in the wild. However, everyone is very confident as the volunteers at the Elephant Sands have such a rich experience with orphaned elephants, and the determination and compassion they show to these adorable animals is nothing but a boost of hope.
“Baby elephants are notoriously fragile,” Oxton explained. “Even if she’s treated very well and appears to be strong at first, it might still be a long road before it can be claimed that she has fully recovered.”
Watch the moment these truckers came across the fragile elephant here: