Orphaned Baby Elephant Rescued From Starvation

Sep 16, 2020 by apost team

This young elephant was at its worst when a ranger from the Big Life Education spotted it wandering alone in the Amboseli-Chyulu ecosystem. The ranger called the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, DWST, who came in to rescue the baby elephant in 2017.

If you love animals, you will love this video of brave rangers rescuing a baby elephant in the wilderness in the African Plains. The video is emotional, thanks to the weak nature of the baby elephant. The baby was separated from its elephant family and spent days in sorrow and without the needed shelter from the draught in the wilderness.

Be sure to reach the end of this article to see the full video.

There is so much to be seen in the video as the group of rangers step in to help the elephant survive. Heroes from David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DWST) help the baby elephant in a heart-warming video that will show you what humans are willing to do for animals. The rangers named the calf Esampu as that is the area they found it in a deplorable state, as told in the video.

After the rescue, the calf seems to be happy to join a herd of other elephants at the DWST orphanage. The calf was not sick, and the team did not need to give it any medical treatment. Instead, Esampu was hungry and the cold had gotten the better of it.


Elephants live in families. A herd of elephants live together, search for food together, protect each other, and migrate together when it is time to move to greener pastures. Families are crucial for the survival of the young ones as this is where they learn to search for food, look for the watering hole, and do much more, according to Elephant Voices.

When a baby elephant is separated from his family, they are in a state of sorrow. Elephants take care of their young ones almost the same way human beings do. A calf that is a few years old is still in need of its mother and its family for protection. When Esampu was separated from her family, she was in so much sorrow, and that will take time to overcome.

The team from DWST and the ranger who called them are not sure what happened to Esampu’s family. However, they suspect that the elephant spearing tradition that is rampant in the area could be the reason Esampu lost her family. For many years now, poaching and elephant hunting vices have become rampant in the Tsavo National Park, the country’s largest elephant park.

These vices have seen the number of elephants significantly reduce, but organizations such as the DWST have helped safeguard the animals. DWST has protected elephants for a long time. Large wild animals have reduced in number significantly, and this is why DWST comes in to help save the elephants.

Through their elephant rescue and rehabilitation program, the DWST has raised more than 262 orphaned elephants and attended to more than 7,000 veterinary cases in Kenya. The trust runs 15 mobile de-snaring teams with so many other resources to help the elephants, especially orphaned elephants.

When the elephants are big and strong enough, they are sent back to the wilderness to join other elephant families so that they can live naturally. What do you think of this adorable calf? What would you like to tell the brave rangers who rescued Esampu? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to send it on to a friend. 

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