Meet Pea and Jotto, Unusual and Loving Best Friends Forever - 10 Pictures

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I grew up in a small village surrounded by all kinds of farm animals, from chickens to cows and that has helped me understand a little bit about animals and their feelings. One of those animals, a goat, was always hanging out with a cat we had at that time. That’s when I realized that animals don’t think in terms of species, they can be friends with anyone. So whenever I see an unusual animal friendship I remember that goat and cat and it always brings up childhood memories. That is why this unusual story about the friendship between an elephant and an ostrich is a very dear story to me.

Pea came first…

Our story begins back in 2014 when Pea was rescued together with her brother Pod on an elephant rescue mission performed by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) staff. They were both brought back to the elephant shelter to heal and get ready to get back in the wild.

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And chose to stay

Eventually, Pod got better and stronger and in the end was returned to the wildlife to continue his journey. However, Pea decided to stay with elephants since she has grown accustomed to them and she now feels like an equal part of the herd.

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Jotto joins the herd of orphans

Jotto was only one month old when he was found stuck in a well, separated from his herd. David Sheldrick wildlife trust (DSWT) staff found him and took him to an elephant sanctuary in Kenya until he gets better and can go back to the wild.

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In the shelter, he found a great friend

When Jotto was first brought to the orphanage, as soon as he recovered, he joined the herd of elephants in search of a new best friend. He found her, but she wasn’t of his own kind. It was an ostrich named Pea, to the surprise of the orphanage personnel.

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Jotto and Pea became inseparable

After that initial meeting, Jotto and Pea can always be seen together. Their friendship transcends their species, as was often the case in the animal world, especially with those animals that have grown up with each other due to different circumstances.

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