GRUSHA'S MATERNAL INSTINCTS BRINGS HER HOME
Say hello to our beautiful wild orphan, Grusha.
Fostered by Elemotion Foundation, Grusha is a 7-yr old wild orphan at the Elephant Transit Home located in southern Sri Lanka. The Transit Home is the only orphanage in the world to successfully rescue, rehabilitate, and release orphaned Asian elephants back to the wild.
After the rehabilitation period is complete, usually around age five or six years old, the Transit Home releases the orphans back to the wild. At 7-yrs of age, we were anxiously awaiting Grusha's return to the wild. Finally, this summer, Grusha was released in a batch of 9 orphans.
Accompanying Grusha on her journey back to the wild was her younger friend Madhumathie. When Madhumathie was little, she was extremely shy and could often be found hiding in Grusha's shadow. As they grew, the girls became good friends and enjoyed being allo-mothers to many of the younger orphaned calves. An allo-mother is similar to a foster mother and protector.
Well, thirty hours after their release, guess who turned back up at the orphanage? Grusha and Madhumathie. It seems, the girls have such strong maternal instincts, a lovely characteristic of female elephants, they decided to walk back from their release spot to the orphanage. Of course, it was a surprise to have them back. But, they were welcomed by staff and are happy to be reunited with their little ones. While uncommon, released orphans have returned to the orphanage for several reasons, even seeking medical attention. But, this is the first time we have heard of two orphans returning together and for this apparent reason.
Grusha is a sweet elephant with a kind disposition and calm manner. She has a beautiful face and big stature. Although we were happy to hear about her return, we are looking forward to her upcoming second release... and her third chance at a life in the wild.
Trunks up! for our lovely Grusha!https://www.facebook.com/Elemotion.org/phot...508264782882481