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:
Some levity in light of the recent tragedy was much appreciated:
Animal lovers were particularly tickled by the pair's friendship:
And they were thankful to Ali for posting the video:
Sadly, most readers didn't know the story was from several years ago and Ellie has since passed away:
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.
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