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Baby elephant refuses to leave dead mother's side

SAMBURU, Kenya (Derek Drake) -- Have your tissues ready... Volunteers and rescuers looked on and could only hope that a sick female elephant would heal from an unknown stomach ailment, but there was another also looking on. Her 5-month-old baby boy.

Kenya Wildlife Service's (KWS) veterinary officer, Dr. Bernard Rono, could only inspect and observe Cherie from a distance because she was too weak to survive an anesthetic, according to the video's description on YouTube.

All they could do was hope for the best and the amazing healing powers that elephants have, but unfortunately, on April 10, 2014, Cherie passed away with her calf at her side.

Once she died, dedicated people on the ground from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), KWS and Save the Elephants (STE) rushed to secure the calf, now named Sokotei, and give him a second chance at life at DSTW's Nairobi Orphanage.

As you can see, it wasn't easy to get the young calf away from his mother's side as he, along with those who watched Cherie pass from the stomach infection, mourned her death.

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Source: YouTube

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