Studies have shown that human children benefit from a structured morning schedule because it gives them a sense of regularity and safety. The same is true for baby elephants like Khanyisa.
When the baby albino elephant first saw her caretaker, Stavros, she seemed excited, moving to the edge of her fence and reaching out her trunk for a few tasty marula fruit treats.
After giving her caretaker some love, Khanyisa was ready for the rest of her morning routine. She moved over to the door, more than prepared for her caretaker to come in with her morning bottle.
When the door did not immediately open, Khanyisa turned back to Stavros as if to tell her, “I’m waiting.” While her coworker, Reply, prepared the bottle, Khanyisa’s caretaker joined the little elephant in the yard.
But before Khanyisa could drink her bottle, her caretakers needed to weigh her, which was not an easy feat since Khanyisa was not a fan of standing in one place for long. But after some clever maneuvering, the caretakers successfully took the baby elephant’s weight and she got to drink the rest of her milk.
Little Khanyisa’s busy morning was not finished yet. After receiving some food, her caretakers brought out a toy for Khanyisa to use in strengthening exercises for her tusks and trunk.
With all her morning activities finished, her caretakers checked the albino elephant’s feet for stones before sending her to join the rest of her herd. What a busy morning for this baby elephant!