A baby giraffe and an infant elephant have become best friends after being rescued by a wildlife charity.
This heart-warming footage shows Kiko, a 1-month-old rescued giraffe, playing with fellow orphan Loboito – a boisterous 3-week-old elephant calf.
The BFFs are being cared for at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphanage in Nairobi National Park.
Kiko, who was found abandoned in Kenya’s Meru National Park, sleeps in the stables next to the baby elephants as he is too small to sleep in the giraffe stable.
And Loboito, who was found alone and hungry in Samburu, Kenya, loves spending time under the long legs of his new buddy.
Rob Brandford, Executive Director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (UK), says: ‘Kiko is extremely trusting and affectionate with his carers and has been from the moment he was rescued and he loves spending time with the youngest elephant calves.
‘Loboito follows Kiko everywhere he goes and particularly enjoys spending time beneath Kiko’s legs and belly.’
And Rob revealed that without the heroic efforts of the rescue team and the carers, both animals would not be alive today.
‘Both animals could not have survived in the wild without their mother’s milk,’ he explains. ‘They are being given specialist care until they are old enough to be reintegrated back into the wild.
‘Our dedicated team of keepers substitute for the orphans’ families and are with the babies 24 hours a day –even sleeping alongside them in their stable at night.’