Ellie The Elephant
The baby elephant was two weeks old when he was rescued and brought to the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve for rehabilitation, in Zululand, South Africa. Upon arrival at the special sanctuary, in 2015, the baby elephant was named Ubuntu, and was known affectionately as Ellie.
Ellie, the sick baby elephant, went through a very thorough assessment upon his arrival at the wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary. But the experts at the center were blown away to find the real reason why the sick elephant’s herd had left him behind, and why they would not accept him when they brought him back home.
Fighting To Survive
Luckily, Ellie the elephant had been found by rescuers just in time, because the baby was fighting to survive. The young elephant was facing several grim prognosis, which needed immediate care; an infected umbilical hernia proved to be the most critical of all.
Without immediate and intensive treatment, the baby calf almost certainly would not have survived. Determined to help, even though the condition that Ellie had was fatal for 99% of its patients, the caretakers were willing to do all they could to help. They remained hopeful even though they were scared.