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An albino elephant is rescued by volunteers after wandering alone for days with a trap caught on his leg

By Alison Forde
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Imagine being part of a herd and being the so-called "black sheep" of the group; partly because you are different from the crowd and you know how to distinguish yourself, partly because you know that everyone will be able to recognize you. Like the little albino elephant in this beautiful rescue story. The pachyderm calf is called Khanyisa and had been wandering alone for days on end, before anyone noticed and helped it.

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Receiving the call for help was Adine Roode, founder of Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development in South Africa. The little pachyderm had been wandering alone for days with one paw caught in an animal trap, had lost her herd and without the help of the shelter which then welcomed her, she probably would not have lived much longer.

Khanyisa is in fact a calf that needs a lot of attention: she has intense blue eyes, fragile bones and is albino, a genetic condition that makes his skin a pinkish color and much lighter than other specimens of her species.

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Precisely because of this peculiarity, this baby elephant is often taken out of the shelter to go for walks or to reconnect it to the surrounding nature accompanied by volunteers who protect it from the sun's rays under a large umbrella. It took some time for the albino elephant to recover completely, she desperately wanted to be with her fellow elephants, and in the end her wish was granted!

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The more months passed inside the shelter, the more Khanyisa regained her strength, making friends with the volunteers and also becoming inseparable friends with Lammie, a local sheep!

It seems that now this splendid specimen of albino elephant has finally found a new herd, and now she no longer feels alone. It took very little for the other elephants in the South African refuge to fall in love with Khanyisa: "We are so proud of Khanyisa's brave little heart and determination to survive. Being part of her rehabilitation so far has been a privilege!"

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 What a tenacious and courageous little elephant!

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