By Luke Johnston
An orphaned baby elephant – who narrowly escaped death when villagers set upon her – has finally found safety with an animal sanctuary and even gives her keeper kisses to say thank you.
Adorable Mbegu was speared by people living in Kimanjo, Kenya and stoned by school children in a revenge attack after a local woman was killed by an elephant.
The innocent calf was unfairly targeted in retaliation for the woman’s death and as well as being injured lost the rest of her herd in the commotion.
A warden from the Naibunga Conservancy was forced to intervene and protect the youngster from the community – who were baying for her blood after recent events.
And eventually Mbegu found a new home with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Nursery in Nairobi National Park.
There, the baby elephant fell in love with her keeper and to this day continues to show her gratitude by giving lots of affectionate kisses and cuddles.
Amie Alden from DWST said: “Mbegu has settled extremely well and loves the other orphans who love her too.
“But more than that she is hooked on her keepers, never forgetting the love and tenderness they have shown her.
“Her wounds took some time to heal but thanks to the power of the green clay all the sepsis disappeared and she has made a full recovery.
“Mbegu is a perfect little treasure, incredibly playful and full on nonsense and given her tender age has bounced back from her emotional scarring very quickly and is now totally at home in her new environment and is genuinely happy.
“She had experienced unimaginable trauma that day and is extremely lucky to still be alive.
“Mbegu is very friendly and loving towards her keepers despite the trauma originally suffered at the hands of humans.”