Because of the friendship between the baby elephant and Duma the dog, the staff was able to breathe for a bit. The pressure to reintroduce the baby elephant into a herd of his own was lifted. They did not want to run the risk of rushing to return him to a herd before having a full recovery.
They had initially wanted to re-release Ellie into the wild where he could be with other elephants and again be part of a herd. However, this did not seem as important anymore now that Ellie had Duma the dog taking care of him. Everything seemed to be going so well for Ellie, at least for the time being.
Turn For The Worse
His caretakers finally thought that they could rest easy, now that it seemed the baby elephant would finally make it, and his demeanor was looking up. Unfortunately, their dreams for the elephant would soon be shattered when they were faced with an unexpected emergency.
Ellie’s health took an unexpected turn for the worse after a few long months at the wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary. But his caretakers were going to stop at nothing to save him. Not quite ready to give up on the elephant, his caretakers immediately started making requests from anyone who could assist them in this matter.