Ostrich snuggles orphaned baby elephant to comfort him after he loses his mother

It’s always tragic when baby animals lose their parents. Thankfully for Jotto the baby elephant, Pea the ostrich is here to save the day. Read on to find out more.
By Claudia Chia
Published on Wednesday, 12 October 2016

When Jotto the baby elephant was one month old, he fell into a well and was separated from his herd. David Shelldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) found him and took him to a shelter in Kenya where he could heal until he was ready to go back into the wild. Even though there were many other elephants that Jotto could befriend, he somehow ended up becoming best friends with Pea the ostrich.

Pea was rescued back in 2014, where rescuers–who were on their way to save an elephant–found her and her brother, Pod. They were both taken back to the elephant shelter, but while Pod returned to the wild, Pea stayed as she felt completely at home with the elephants.

“It is safe to say orphaned ostrich Pea most definitely believes she is part of the elephant herd and little Jotto is more than happy to enjoy a cuddle with his feathered friend,” wrote DSWT.

Check out the adorable pictures here:

Jotto. (Photo credits: David Shelldrick Wildlife Trust)


Pea and her brother, Pod. (Photo credits: David Shelldrick Wildlife Trust)


Pea and her best friend, Jotto. (Photo credits: David Shelldrick Wildlife Trust)


They both enjoy snuggling with each other. (Photo credits: David Shelldrick Wildlife Trust)