While baby elephant Moyo tried to cross a flooded river with his heard, he nearly drowned. He was just a few days old when the incident happened and he was left by the older elephants. Just moments before a pack of hyenas were surrounding him, rangers found and rescued Moyo. The rangers took him to the Wild Is Life sanctuary in Zimbabwe, where he became very close to founder Roxy.
He became so attached to her that he wouldn’t leave her out of his sight.
“She is one of those animals with whom I have formed an extraordinary bond of friendship, trust, and love. Letting go will be hard,” Roxy said to the team from BBC documentary Nature’s Miracle Orphans.
She also said: “We believe that the elephant nursery is about affording the individual orphans a second chance at life. These orphans, who have been severely traumatized, deserve the opportunity to grow and thrive in the natural world.”
“It is also about sharing the experience of these individuals with humankind. Of asking human beings to look beyond their own species … to draw a parallel between themselves and something that is wild.”