by Kate Good
When it comes to mice and elephants,
most of us know that a very tense relationship exists. Elephants may be
massive pachyderms who seem to dominate the world around them with
poise and grace – but when you add a mouse into the mix, suddenly these
great beings are reduced to nothing more than a bumbling, clumsy mess.
We know we spent most of our childhoods watching cartoon interactions
between these animals and laughing at the ridiculousness of it all,
which is why when we saw this story from the Elephant Conservation Trust
(ECT) in Nairobi, Kenya, we had to do a massive double take.
About five years ago, ECT rescued an orphaned elephant named Kutania. The little elephant
had gotten trapped in a well and was sadly left behind by her herd.
When they found little Kutania, she was in a terrible state and it took
months of coaxing to get her to trust her human caretakers. After the
apparent rejection she faced after being abandoned by her herd,
Kutania was extremely wary of the other elephants at the sanctuary. According to her caretakers,
she would run out to play with the other little elephants, but if they
didn’t immediately show her attention, she would retreat – afraid to
face the brunt of rejection yet again.
This didn’t bode well for little Kutania’s chances of making it in
the wild and caretakers were beginning to become resigned to the fact
that she would forever be in the confines of the sanctuary – but then
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