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We have the ultimate friendship goals to share with you! These photos are just so adorable, you’ll want to make sure you’re sitting down. You may remember adorable Humpty the hippo, who recently stole our hearts in this beautiful photo of her with Dame Daphne Sheldrick, the amazing woman who oversees the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphan Project (DSWT).

Humpty was less than a month old when she became trapped in a fast drying mud pool. She was rescued by DSWT and with the help of a Kenya Wildlife Service vet, Humpty was flown by helicopter and plane in December 2016 to the Kaluku Field HQ. Humpty was terrified and sunburnt, but thanks to DSWT, she is set to make a full recovery.

Not only has Humpty been busy growing big and strong, she has made some new friends! Humpty’s new BFF is another orphaned animal, a kudu named Sala.

Despite being two very different species, Humpty and Sala love spending time together. Have you ever seen a more beautiful photo?

Both infants are currently being cared for at the DSWT’s Kaluku Field HQ, which offers round the clock care for these two. Wild hippos and kudos are also nearby so they both can slowly be reintegrated. 

The pair are truly something out of a storybook! 


Witnessing how well completely different species get along with each other is truly an incredible experience! We hope that with enough time, they will both return to the wild and experience the beauty of life in the wilderness.

If you would like to make a donation to help Humpty and Sala’s care, as well as that of the all the orphan animals in David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s care, click here. Every little bit helps!  Visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust website for more information on their life-saving work.

Lead Image Source: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Facebook