While the nation continues to grieve the loss of those killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week, freelance journalist Yashar Ali posted a heartwarming video on Twitter today that brought joy to people across the interwebs.
The video shows a baby elephant, nicknamed Ellie, that was rejected by his herd after birth and had been struggling with several health issues. Ellie was rescued by Karen Trendler and the staff at Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in South Africa back in 2015. The crew worked diligently to save Ellie's life, even bringing in a service dog, Duma, to help raise his spirits, which was a sweet success.
Twitter users found the story touching:
That is the cutest thing that I’ve ever seen in my life. Ever.— Niesha Trout (@nieshatrout) February 20, 2018
Some levity in light of the recent tragedy was much appreciated:
So happy to be seeing this little elephant coming back to life with the friendship of the wonderful dog!!! I really needed to smile after all of the terrible news out there. Please keep doing what you do it is very special.— Margi Vorder Bruegge (@margivb) February 21, 2018
Animal lovers were particularly tickled by the pair's friendship:
Dog's are amazing! So are elephants! What a great pair. (United will never let Ellie take his dog on a flight though.)— PatriotAgainstTrump #VetsResistSquadron (@MyDogNose) February 20, 2018
Damn, now I want a baby elephant!
Of course my two favorite animals can be best friends! It all makes sense— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) February 20, 2018
This is one of the cutest relationships I have ever seen! 💞Thank you for sharing❣️🐘🐕— Penelope Ann Miller (@PenelopeAMiller) February 20, 2018
And they were thankful to Ali for posting the video:
This made my morning. GSDs are my passion in life, and elephants tie for second (with tigers). Thank you for all the work you do to raise awareness for orphans like Ellie and elephants generally. I value your political commentary, but your elephant tweets make me happy.— Kafkaesque (@Kafkaesque_Blog) February 20, 2018
Sadly, most readers didn't know the story was from several years ago and Ellie has since passed away:
Oh no! 🙁 I guess the internet is just now interpreting Ellie's relationship with the service dog. May Ellie be a positively remembered example of the needs of service animals, seeing as the service dog obviously brought Ellie joy 🐘🐕🐶❤️💫— Matty Daley (@MattyDaleyy) February 22, 2018
Here is the message from Ellie's rescuer, notifying everyone of his death:
The silver lining may be that Ellie and Duma were still able to bring joy to people when they needed it most. Even if their time together was brief, their story lives on to touch new hearts.