For those who are morning people, getting up to watch the sunrise can be a beautiful event, but at Herd Elephant Orphanage in South Africa, the sunrise was even more gorgeous thanks to one albino baby elephant, Khanyisa.
As the caretaker Adine opened up the doors of the orphanage, Khanyisa was waiting to greet her. Like many of her kind, Khanyisa was a gentle giant at her heart.
While she was hungry and excited about her breakfast, she set her own needs aside when she noticed her caretaker was hurt. The first thing Khanyisa did when the doors opened was examine Adine’s injuries from a biking accident.
When the baby elephant was positive that the injuries were not severe or fresh, Khanyisa followed her caretaker out into the grass. But even when she had some food, Khanyisa had to check once more on her caretaker to make sure she was okay.
Khanyisa was not the only one concerned about Adine’s scrapes. Many of the other elephants, including Klaserie and Tokwe, had checked on Adine, too. “I wonder what they’re thinking,” Adine said.
While we cannot be sure what they were thinking, this parallel between baby Khanyisa and her adoptive family signaled positive developments for the baby elephant. She might still be a baby, but she learned more every day.
As the sun rose over the horizon, the scene was brimming with hope. A new day was dawning for this adorable growing elephant, and we cannot wait to see what comes next for her.