Meet Moyo, the baby elephant who was only a few days old when he was rescued. Moyo nearly drowned while he and his family tried to cross a flooded river. He was too weak and his herd left him behind.
Yang Chengxi Harare says this is not uncommon: “Every year, hundreds of young elephants are orphaned across the African continent. These elephants rarely have a chance of survival in the wild and are more often than not, left for dead.”
Rangers found little Moyo, who was surrounded by Hyenas, he was then taken to the Wild Is Life animal sanctuary in Zimbabwe. This is where the little elephant found his new best friend, owner and founder of The Animal Sanctuary in Zimbabwe, Roxy Danckwerts.
“So Moyo is a very iconic little elephant. She is probably one of the smallest elephant cubs ever to be rescued. She came to us when she was about three to four days old. We weighed 56 kilos, and normally an African elephant cub weighs about 90 kilos. So she was very very small. I slept with her, I was with her 24 hours a day, and I think that’s part of the reason why she managed to pull through.”
Moyo became So attached to Roxy, that he won’t let 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 told the team from BBC documentary Nature’s Miracle Orphans.
Watch the video at the end to see just how adorable Roxy and Moyo’s unlikely bond is.