WATCH: This baby elephant is so small it can fit into a helicopter!

2017-12-20 18:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Baby elephant rescues are always the cutest.

A helicopter rescue of an elephant calf in November in Kenya has started making the rounds on the internet, and the videos will make you happy-cry. 

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Shared by the Mara Elephant Project on Facebook, the little one was unable to be lifted up by its mother, who eventually abandoned it. The project, alongside The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service, decided to intervene and transport the calf in a helicopter from Maasai Mara National Reserve to an orphanage in Nairobi. 

The calf was so small that they could fit it entirely into the helicopter, which was provided by the Karen Blixen Camp Trust.

When it reached the orphanage, the starving calf was immediately put onto a drip to take care of the dehydration.

An update on its progress was posted on 15 December, with the orphanage stating that they are still hesitant to give the calf the all clear yet. They have named it Marra as homage to its homeland.

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According to news.com.au, the project is used to rescuing baby elephants, but normally their mothers were killed by poachers, making this case 'unusual'. This is also the first time that they've ever had an elephant inside their helicopter.

Apparently the calf was born prematurely, making it too small to reach its mother's milk.

You can watch the progress of the amazing rescue below:

Their attempts at getting the starving infant into the helicopter.

The first elephant to take to the skies in this helicopter.

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Its arrival at the orphanage, unable to walk by itself.


Getting urgent care right after landing.

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Karen Blixem Camp's owner Karsten Ree visited Marra to see how it's doing, now able to walk by itself, though clearly very attached to its keeper. 

Warning: Your heart may break a little.

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