It’s going to be hard to put this experience into words because it was overwhelming and awe inspiring. Ok, so I found at least two words.
I got to touch, cuddle, and play with a baby elephant! She was 8 months old and beyond adorable. She lives in a private camp with her mother and several other adult female elephants.
She came running up to us as soon as we walked into the camp and after nudging us a bit decided we weren’t that interesting. We stood back to watch her as she chased goats around the camp area. I was laughing, the goats were not amused. She has already learned a few commands, forwards and backwards. But she won’t leave her mother until she is 5 years old so she spends most of the day eating and playing.
Katie and our guide eventually moved on to look at some Rhinos but I was too interested in the baby to pay attention. We soon became close friends and she would follow me around the camp. Until she spotted a big pile of grass and decided that climbing to the top of it and making a mess was the best game ever. She would roll to the bottom of the pile, come to me to be petted, throw her trunk around, and then lumber her way back to the top.
It was difficult to leave her, but I was told that it is unrealistic for me to raise an elephant in Irvine, Ca.
We also got to see 8 other babies at the breeding center, the youngest being only 10 days old! Mom is still too protective of her so we didn’t get that close.