A seven-and-a-half month old elephant calf has been given a second chance after being found alone and close to death in Malawi.

The calf has been named Moses, after another famous abandoned baby. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where, for now, he is being raised by humans.

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Moses takes his daily walk with pet dogs Barney, left, Bagheera right, and foundation owner, Jenny Webb, at their home in Lilongwe, Malawi

The foundation raises orphaned elephants in such a way to ensure that they are physically and physiologically able to be released back into the wild.

Elephants are very caring creatures and must live as part of a herd. Although this means they form very close bonds, if a sick baby elephant is holding up the rest of the elephants, the cow must make the heart-breaking decision to abandon her calf.

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Would you sleep with an elephant?

A baby elephant can never be alone and needs companionship. An elephant forms very close bonds and can pine to such an extent that it might die. The Jumbo Foundation explains that this means they need a sufficient number of carers to cater for illness or time off.

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In the absence of other elephants, other animals are a good substitute for family: hence Moses is now hanging out with Barney and Bagheera as well as his adoptive mummy Jenny.

However luckily for Moses, he has found a loving family with Jenny's brood. Take a flick through Moses' baby album below.

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  • In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses reacts with one of his carers, at his home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses cuddles with his adoptive "mother" and foundation owner, Jenny Webb, at sunrise at their home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 pet dog Kirby, licks up spilled formula feed fed to seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses, at their home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses is tempted with a bottle of formula feed in the kitchen at his home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses takes his daily walk with pet dogs Barney, left, Bagheera right, and foundation owner, Jenny Webb, center, at their home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses plays in a dust pit with carer Matimat Julius as he takes his daily walk at his home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses stands in front of carer Jim Tembo as he mops a soiled floor, in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old elephant calf named Moses walks through the home past pet dogs in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses stands at his feeding place at the bottom of a staircase at his home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses at his home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses takes one of his two-hourly formula bottle feeds, at his home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old inquisitive orphaned elephant calf named Moses inspect a soft drinks can, at his home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses makes his way into the kitchen as the pet dogs pass by at their home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, seven-and-a-half month old orphaned elephant calf named Moses gets settled on a makeshift bed, after sunset with his adoptive "mother" and foundation owner, Jenny Webb, where they will sleep together at their home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve. He has been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is cared for and is being raised by humans. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)