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Benjamin Kyalo is surrogate mother to 60 elephants

Benjamin Kyalo is surrogate mother to 60 elephants

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.

Benjamin Kyalo

Benjamin Kyalo with one of ‘his’ orphaned elephants who he has cared for and helped to raise so they can return to the wild

Kyalo explains that he plays “mother” and even “grandmother” to the elephant at the Ithumba Reintegration Centre in Kenya.

Benjamin Kyalo

He has spent years gaining their trust to become their ‘mother’

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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.

Benjamin Kyalo

He cares for the youngsters who no longer have mothers

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.

Benjamin Kyalo

Kyalo says: ‘My role and the special bonds I have with my surrogate family give me satisfaction and fills my heart with joy’

“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:

Benjamin Kyalo

The orphanage has raised around 200 elephants now and encouraged them to go into the wild

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"Sometimes she would also step on my chest lightly as a way of waking me up so as to give her milk."

Benjamin Kyalo

He sees the caring of his elephant his calling in life…

Check out the short clip below of Benjamin playing around with one of his elephants.

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