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Today the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship wants…

Today the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship wants to cuddle up with Jotto the baby elephant and Pea the ostrich at the David Shelldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya’s Nairobi National Park.

Pea has lived at the park since 2014 when she and her brother Pod (Pea and Pod! *squee*) were discovered as orphaned babies during the rescue of a baby elephant. Pod was eventually returned to the wild, but Pea remained at the Nairobi orphanage because it turns out she prefers the company of elephants.


So when baby Jotto was rescued at only one-month-old, having gotten separated from his herd and falling into a well, the DSWT took him to the same orphanage where Pea lives and they took to each other immediately.

“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,” DSWT wrote this week. “Beautifully tender moments at the Nairobi Nursery, where these two orphans and many, many others, are being given the opportunity to heal and, when they are ready, to return to the wild.”


Visit the David Shelldrick Wildlife Trust website or Facebook page to learn more about their incredible efforts to help Africa’s elephants (and the occasional ostrich too).

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