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Adorable moment orphaned baby elephant sleeps in carer's lap after being rejected by herd

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Adorable moment orphaned baby elephant sleeps in carer's lap after being rejected by herd

Adorable moment orphaned baby elephant sleeps in carer's lap after being rejected by herd

This is the heart-warming moment an orphaned baby elephant returns to her carer's lap - days after being released into the wild and rejected by her own herd.

The two-year-old jumbo named Chabakeaw was found trapped alone in mud in Bueng Kan, northeastern Thailand on April 4 and was rescued by wildlife officers.

After five months of being hand-reared and nurtured, the department decided to release the baby back to her natural herd on September 18.

However, on September 20 the officers discovered that she had been abandoned again, around a mile away from the release spot.

She was then taken back into care.

Footage from last Friday (September 27) afternoon shows the adorable moment Chabakeaw curled up in the lap of her human 'parent' for a nap, secure in the safety and comfort of her rescuer.

Pichet Noonto, an elephant specialist form the IUCN Species Survival Commission, explained that the problem with Chabakeaw is that she now cannot blend into the herd after she was left when she was just a baby.

He said: "We believe that she was not accepted by the herd leader which is a consequence of her being raised by humans for over five months.

She would have had difficulty adapting to the elephant behaviour in the wild and been kicked away.

"We will take care of her while we plan her future, but sending her back to the herd again might not be one of the options."


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