Elephants are magnificent creatures with a proven intelligence closely resembling human qualities. Aware of their own consciousness, herds of elephants will often demonstrate the loyalty, affection and deep bonds with those in their families and those new to them.
Their social networks are often led by the matriarch in their circle. They form clans, are protective of their babies as much as they are over their lifetime friendships. They mourn the deaths of their clan members and often demonstrate a resonating grief for their lost family.
As a social group, their unique bond often extends to family duties to raise their young. Elephants help each other with babysitting, and studies have noted a calf’s survival is dependent on several females within the group rather than just one.
The latest video, which went viral over recent weeks, displays this heartfelt kinship. Watch as an entire herd of elephant literally run in excitement to greet their newest addition at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. The baby orphan elephant is quickly accepted into the group as the herd struggles to contain their excitement.
Their affection for one another – even for a stranger – is displayed in this rare capturing of raw footage.