A helpless young elephant was freed after supposedly being caught in a snare for four days. The poor little creature was discovered tangled not far from South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Unfortunately, the trap left significant scars on the elephant calf’s face and ears, but she will heal completely, according to her rescuers.
Fortunately, the baby elephant was discovered just in time by volunteers at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, an elephant orphanage. The newborn elephant, called Khanyisa by the rescuers, is one of a kind. Her skin pigmentation is pink, not grey, like any other elephant’s.
“She looked so innocent, fragile and pure, and yet so brave – a unique beauty who had been [wounded] by the hands of man,” Sue Howells at the elephant orphanage told. “We knew we had to help her and protect her and give her a place of safety that she never has to endure (something like that) again.”
Photos of the rescued elephant show just how happy she is as she’s finally safe. And despite all she had to be through, Khanyisa proved she’s such a brave spirit. “Khanyisa is an exceptionally strong and brave little elephant,” Sue Howells said. ” She is incredibly resilient. Her sweet, fragile and thoughtful personality shines through her toughness, despite everything that she has endured.”
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a “wildlife facility focusing on conservation and the sustainability of rare, vulnerable and threatened species.” The place had been initially “established as a cheetah breeding project, but it then evolved into a a wildlife conservation centre”, the elephant orphanage official website reads.
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