For an orphaned animal, life in the wild is incredible hard and the chances to survive are extremely low. Ellie, a baby elephant, lost its mom and like that wasn’t already bad enough, he got ill and then rejected by the herd. Thankfully, the little one was rescued by Karen Trendler and the staff at Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in South Africa

There, Ellie started a new life. Surrounded by love and affection, the orphaned elephant find the comfort he was looking for not in his rescuers, as we might think, but in a dog. It seems, the animals have this power to overcome any border when it comes to care for each other, regardless the species.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there are definitely a lot of things that animals can teach us when it comes to being compassionate and helping others in need. When they are not in the wild, forced to survive, animals can form unlikely friendships with one another.

Known for their social life, elephants are such friendly creatures. And Ellie was nothing less! Even though the Thula Thula sanctuary is home to a variety of wild animals including buffalo, leopards, giraffes or rhinos, the rescued elephant formed a special bond with Duma, a German Shepard. Find out more about their lovely story, here:

h/t:time.com