It is a touching moment when an orphan baby elephant tries to master holding its own bottle.
The video was recorded at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi. It shows a 2 years old elephant, called Bondeni, trying to hold a fresh warm formula milk bottle with his trunk’s tip.
Bondeni arrived at the Kenyan animal rescue as a baby in 2019, tried to grab the bottle before dropping it, and let his keeper help him.
In the video, the baby elephant uses his trunk to hold the big bottle as it puffs inside.
As he raised the bottle higher, he lost his handle, and the bottle fell to the ground.
His keeper picks up the bottle from the ground and helps the animal with his food.
On Twitter, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust stated: ‘He may be small, but Bondeni is very personality and brave – watch him try to be a big bull and hold his own bottle of milk on his own. He was an orphan in the care of the nursery. ”
The baby elephant arrived at the rehabilitation center in 2019 after wandering alone into a village bordered by Chyulu Hill.
The calf’s feet were covered in injuries from trudging crossed the nearby lava fields. He was taken to the center’s Kaluku Field Headquarters, where he was nursed back to health.
The baby elephant had difficulty walking at first due to his injuries, but his injuries quickly healed, and Bondeni was transferred from the foundation’s neonatal center to their kindergarten.
For Bondeni to get the same number of nourishing food, he had to be in the wild. The breeders would prepare freshly prepared formula for him every 3 hours.
Although breeders will usually breastfeed their babies by hand, some may prefer to hold the bottle and feed on their own as they get older.
After the heartwarming moment, social media users shared praise for the ‘cute’ elephant.
One user wrote: ‘Oh, he is such a wonderful little man. Give it a week, and he’ll master it. ”
While another replied: ‘They grow so fast! It won’t be long before he has that bottle in his hand. ”
Another commented: ‘Bondeni is too cute trying to be a big bull and wants to be independent. SWT team – you guys are simply awesome! ”
Elsewhere, another said: ‘Could he be cuter? I admire him and his personality. ”
The Trust, founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, is one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and is known for its work with elephants.
More than 160 orphan elephants have been successfully rescued, nurtured, and reintegrated by charity organizations in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Agency and the Kenya Forest Service.
African elephants are the largest terrestrial animal on Earth. They are recognized for their enormous bodies and ears that allow them to radiate excess heat.
Asian elephants are usually smaller than African elephants. Their skin ranges from dark gray to brown, with pink markings on the forehead, ears, and stem.
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