Rescued elephant emerges from the wild to reunite with man who raised her

Sunyei, a small newborn elephant, was abandoned in the wilds of Africa’s dangerous continent almost 20 years ago. Sunyei, who had been orphaned after being separated from her mother when she was only a few days old, needed to be saved immediately away.

Despite the fact that she did not have a biological mother, she was never deprived of the love and care that only a father can provide, thanks to the timely rescue. Sunyei was helped by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, and she quickly became an important part of the elephant and rhino orphanage.

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He met Benjamin here, the man in charge of the orphanage’s nursery and the ‘foster father’ of the orphaned elephants.

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Rob Brandford, the sanctuary’s executive director, told The Dodo:

“He organizes the orphans’ daily care and well-being, making certain that they are always happy and healthy.”

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Sunyei was left in Benjamin’s care, and he made sure she was happy, comfortable, and, most importantly, healthy from then on. Sunyei gradually learned what Benjamin and her other keepers had taught her in order to protect herself and function normally.

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After years of training, Sunyei was finally ready to venture out on her own and was released into the wild. Despite leaving the orphanage, Sunyei seems to have preserved in her heart the people who had helped her, particularly Benjamin.

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Rob had the following to say:

“While Sunyei may have returned to the wild over a decade ago, it appears she never forgot the attention offered to her.”

The elephant was always grateful to her guardians, as evidenced by her decision to leave the wild to see her companion Benjamin.

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But what’s most surprising is that she didn’t simply show up to say hello; she brought her child with her to meet the man who raised her. The emotional occurrence captured on camera has become a phenomenon on the orphanage’s social networks because it demonstrates the elephants’ intelligence.

“Rob continued,” he said.

“It says a lot about an elephant’s intelligence and sense of family for a fully grown, wild elephant to wish to offer a new calf to the human family that fostered it.”

That, along with the fact that it was a safe place to introduce her child, is most likely why she returned.

Sunyei maintains close relationships with all of her caregivers and considers them all to be members of her extended family.

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Sunyei’s visit was also not her last, as she has returned several times since then to catch up with her friends.

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