If this doesn’t melt your heart, nothing will.
A small herd of elephants couldn’t contain their excitement when their handlers let them out of an enclosure so they could greet a rescued baby elephant. The beautiful moment was captured on film at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
In the YouTube clip, the group can be seen rushing to meet Dok Geaw, a young elephant who lost his mother to an infection when he was just four months old. The little one was saved by volunteers and raised by humans for months, until he was deemed strong enough to join the herd.
Dok Geaw’s new family gave him the warmest welcome ever, eagerly running towards an enclosure where he was waiting. Then, the elephants poked their long trucks through the enclosure to smell and touch the adorable addition to their herd.
Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, the founder of Save Elephant Foundation, said: “When he arrived he tried to communicate with the herd and some of them came to talk to him. The herd ran to see him.”
Debbie Charlesworth, one of the volunteers at the elephant park, added: “It was just absolutely beautiful to watch these magnificent beasts just come flying across to see this new creature they’ve got here.”