The mother and the head keeper were unprepared for the arrival of the newest addition to the family. the news was shared by Sheldrick ᴡɪʟᴅʟɪꜰᴇ trust on twitter, an organization that looks after the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ, rehabilitation amp release of ᴏʀᴘʜᴀɴᴇᴅ baby elephants.
An elephant at a ᴡɪʟᴅʟɪꜰᴇ sanctuary in Kenya gave birth to a calf, which startled the rest of the herd, the mother, and the head keeper who was unprepared for the arrival of the newest addition to the family. the video has amassed over 51,000 views and 4000 likes. Appreciating the efforts of the trust, one user commented, “Better than heartwarming! Surrounded by love on all sides from elephants and humans. thank you keepers for making this possible. You are great human beings!”
The 25-second video shows the ɴᴇᴡʙᴏʀɴ baby elephant lying on the ground while a herd of elephants surrounds and observes the calf. they captioned the video, “Baby elephant ʙᴏʀɴ before our eyes. this was the moment yesterday morning when ex-orphan Melia gave birth to her first calf! Iɴᴄʀᴇᴅɪʙʟᴇ scenes.” the ɴᴇᴡʙᴏʀɴ has been named Milo by the Sheldrick ᴡɪʟᴅʟɪꜰᴇ trust, which means “beloved.” “Wow seeing Milo’s arrival on earth is Iɴᴄʀᴇᴅɪʙʟᴇ!! His feet are white and look like he has new shoes on. Hearing the keeper’s happy sounds in the background is great, like proud Dad’s!!,” said another user.
The trust shared that ᴡɪʟᴅ elephants and ex-orphans began congregating outside Ithumba as they are habitual to doing so in the dry season. the Head Keeper, Benjamin heard a loud noise and noticed a flurry of movement. All the elephants seemed startled about whatever had landed and even the older females, who are usually quite placid, made themselves scarce.
Before the Head Keeper could understand what had happened, the other elephants came running over. Mr. Benjamin then realized Melia, an ex-orphan had given birth to and the baby elephant was still partially wrapped in the white placenta.
Sheldrick ᴡɪʟᴅʟɪꜰᴇ trust added that Melia had grown progressively rounder but being a large elephant, she hides her weight well and it was impossible for the trust to know when she was ᴇxᴘᴇᴄᴛɪɴɢ a baby. Melia visited the stockades the night prior, but nothing hinted that she would go into labor hours later, they added.
In fact, the mother, Melia, seemed flummoxed by the tiny baby lying before her. Other experienced elephants stepped in and helped the first-time mother come to grips with the situation, the trust informed. Gradually, as the day progressed, she kept staring at her little baby and caressed him with her trunk.