A Kenyan man has revealed that he gave up his family life to act as a surrogate mother to over 60 baby elephants.
Benjamin Kyalo dedicated himself to raising a herd of orphaned elephants and he believed that he is just like any mother bringing up children.
Kyalo explains that he plays “mother” and even “grandmother” to the elephant at the Ithumba Reintegration Centre in Kenya.
He has reportedly spent a decade caring for and raising the orphans like his own. He said, “I see them as my surrogate children, my family.
“I return to my human family whenever I can, but spending time with my elephant family gives fulfilment in my heart since I have a passion for taking care of them.
“I am lucky and my human family is very understanding and encouraging – they are proud of what I do.
“My connection comes from my heart, loving them and giving them the attention they require.”
While sharing a story of a particular baby elephant, Kinna, who he had grown fond of, Kyale said:
"Sometimes she would also step on my chest lightly as a way of waking me up so as to give her milk."
Check out the short clip below of Benjamin playing around with one of his elephants.