15/10/2012 13:21 BST | Updated 15/10/2012 13:22 BST

Baby Elephant Orphan Moses Finds New Home At Jumbo Foundation

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.


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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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.


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.