Ostriches Take Care of Baby Elephants in Africa: Kids News

Let me take you to Africa which is a continent with many countries. I want us to visit the country of Kenya.  There it is on the map.

The continent of Africa with many countries. Kenya in green is one of Africa's countries.
The continent of Africa with many countries. Kenya in green is one of Africa’s countries.
The flag of Kenya
The flag of Kenya

Our plane has landed at Nairobi airport.   Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. Look, a jeep awaits us.  Climb in and make sure you have your camera ready   We are going to drive to a sanctuary outside of Nairobi.  It is a hot day, so wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

We are driving to a sanctuary. This is a like a hospital where sick and injured birds and animals are nursed back to good health.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Here we are at the gates of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) sanctuary. Kind people look after baby elephants (and sometimes other wild life).
 Story of An Injured Baby Elephant – 2014.

Can you see the two ostrich chicks in the picture
Can you see the two ostrich chicks in the picture

Two years ago, the sanctuary rescued a baby elephant that was separated from its mother. It had fallen into a deep hole. Above is a picture of the ellie.  Can you see two ostrich chicks in the picture?  They were separated from their mother.  Pea and Pod seemed to know that this is what had happened to the baby elephant.  The ostrich orphaned chicks stayed with the ellie.

Pea and Pod the Caring Ostrich Chicks.  The ostrich chicks are called Pea and Pod. When two people or animals like each other and stay close, there is a saying that they are like “two peas in a pod.” Pea and Pod acted like nurses or mothers to the injured elephant. The ellie recovered and the three of them became best friends.

Pea and Pod have grown up and care for baby elephants
Pea and Pod have grown up and care for baby elephants

Pea and Pod Have Grown Up

Pea and Pod are bigger now.  They welcome and look after new baby elephant arrivals. Pea and Pod have got used to little elephants charging them in fun games.   The baby elephants never hurt the ostriches. In fact, they wrap their trunks around the ostriches and hug them.   In turn, the ostriches act like ‘mother hens’ by putting their wings around the elephants. They treat the baby elephants as if they were their chicks.

Let's play in the mud!
Let’s play in the mud!
Ostrich with chicks
Ostrich with chicks
Ostriches are big birds!
Ostriches are big birds!

Ostriches are Big Birds

Ostriches can reach speeds of up to 70 km/h so if a happy elephants should get too rough, the birds can take off and the ellie will never catch them.

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If you are interested in learning more about this sanctuary, here is a link .They would, of course, appreciate any donations to help with their good work.   https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

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