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Sheep adopts orphaned baby elephant at South Africa sanctuary

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 1, 2016 at 1:46 PM

HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa, March 1 (UPI) -- A baby elephant rescued from a drainage well in South Africa last month has a new "surrogate mother" -- a sheep named Lammie.

The baby elephant was originally named Bella after its rescue in February but was re-dubbed Amanzi -- the Zulu word for water -- after his gender was correctly identified.

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The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center shared video on its Facebook page of Amanzi bonding with his "surrogate mother," a sheep named Lammie.

Lammie is no stranger to the adoption life, having previously played "mother sheep" to orphaned rhinos at the sanctuary.

Gertjie and Matimba enjoying an afternoon stroll with their beloved Lammie. #EverySingleRhinoCounts #Gertjie #Matimba #HESC #Africa

Posted by Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The facility said Amanzi has suffered some health problems since his rescue in early February, including occasional trouble eating.

Amanzi the orphaned baby elephant bonds with his surrogate mot...

We have a little something special for you today. Young Amanzi is doing well, and has spent some QT with none other than our Mother-sheep, Lammie. Enjoy!

Posted by Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre on Saturday, February 27, 2016
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