Ellie was a baby elephant who was cast away by his herd. He was found by caretakers of the Vindum Blue Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage when they were doing their rounds to ward off poachers at the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.
The caretakers tried many times to get the little elephant reunited with his herd. But every attempt was unsuccessful. The herd simply wouldn’t have him.