There’s nothing a new parents loves to show off more than their child. The same can be said for this mama elephant when she decided to bring her baby to meet her rescuers. Your heart will melt at the wonderful surprise this mama elephant had in store.
20. New Baby
Yatta the elephant was incredibly excited. She was finally a new mom and she was so proud of her baby that she just couldn’t wait to show him off to her former caretakers at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya.
19. Special Place
You see, the rescuers at the DSWT have a very special place in Yatta’s heart. Yatta’s survival is thanks to the wonderful caretakers. This is what made her surprise visit even more special.
So the 18-year-old elephant made her way to the reserve with her baby in tow. Her son, a 1-month-old elephant, was incredibly cute and staff was so happy to see both of them!
17. Proud Mom
“She’s now a proud momma,” her caretakers wrote in a Facebook post. “And in a show of absolute trust and affection for her former carers, brought her newest baby Yoyo back to meet the people who saved her.”
16. Video Footage
Rescuers at the DSWT decided to record the sweet interaction between them and Yatta. In the video you can see the adorable calf staying close to his mama’s side.
15. Naming Him
Rescuers at the reserve decided to name the little calf, Yoyo. In the video footage, you can see that little Yoyo doesn’t quite leave his mother’s side. However, he did show his excitement for the rescuers in another way.
In the video, although Yoyo is shy, you can see that he is still excited to be meeting his mother’s rescuers. You can see him flapping his ears and then waving his trunk around in excitement!
13. Yatta’s Story
So what exactly is Yatta’s story with the DSWT? Well, she has been raised by the rescuers at the reserve since she was only 1-month-old. The rescuers are the one family she has ever known.
Since she was just a baby when she was brought over, Yatta was hand-reared by the rescuers. This established a very close bond between them and Yatta. They took care of her when nobody else would.
11. Sanctuary Life
When Yatta got a bit older, she was integrated into life with the other elephants on the reserve. She lived with the other orphaned elephants at the sanctuary until one day, she was finally ready to go into the wild.
10. Wild Life
Finally, it was time for Yatta to be reintroduced into the wild. So she was brought into a herd of adult ex-orphans living in the wild. That is who she is still living with now.
So is it unusual for Yatta to return to the DSWT to visit her caretakers? According to Rob Brandford, of DSWT, it actually happens more than one would think!
8. Common Occurrence
“While it’s quite common for ex-orphans to return with their newborn calves, every time they decide to visit “is amazing,”” Rob Brandford, of DSWT, told The Dodo. The staff is always happy to see them again!
“We have not only saved an orphan baby and raised her, but she has successfully returned to the wild and started her own family,” Brandford said. After all, family life is incredibly important to elephants.
6. Family Life
“For elephants, family is everything — so it’s no surprise that they choose to share their new family member with their former human carers, for they are part of their family.” Yatta has also brought the rescuers another wonderful surprise!
5. “Miracle Mum”
Rescuers at the reserve have recently given Yatta a wonderful new nickname, “miracle mum.” This is because Yatta has just had her second healthy calf! Rescuers were delighted at the news.
“Imagine our delight when she chose to share her second birth with us, returning to her former stockades and her human family, so that we could be a part of celebrating the arrival of her new baby — a healthy little boy,” caretakers wrote in an update.
3. More Good News
The rescuers were also delighted to find out that Yatta’s adopted orphan “sisters” had also given birth recently to some healthy calves. This has expanded DSWT’s total count of wild-born babies to 28.
“We are delighted to witness the ex-orphan herds beginning to expand so naturally,” caretakers wrote. “There could be no greater gift for us, or testament to the success of the Orphans Project, than to share the joy of such perfectly healthy baby elephants like our three ‘October kids.’”
1. Happy Living
The herd is continuing to live happy lives out in the wild. Rescuers are always happy to see them when they drop by for an unexpected visit.