They say it takes a village to raise a child, but to raise a herd of orphaned baby elephants you need a little bit more than that. Lucky for the elephant caretakers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), they have Pea and Pod, two doting ostriches!
Pea and Pod were rescued by DSWT alongside a tiny orphaned elephant calf back in 2014. This sweet 0strich pair refused to leave the side of the injured baby elephant they were found with, so DSWT rescuers decided to take them along as well. Since then, Pea and Pod have become a quintessential part of the DSWT Nursery Unit in Kenya.
According to DSWT, “[Pea and Pod] provide endless hours of entertainment for the elephants who love to charge them, hug them, and positively maul them. Although taller than their elephant peers in this short time, these long-suffering feathered friends remain very protective of the herd! It is a most unlikely combination which has formed an enchanting inseparable friendship.”
Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes, but a true friendship is like no other.