A baby albino elephant found trapped by a sharp wire snare was rescued in January by a South African elephant orphanage.
The elephant had fallen into a trap set by a poacher in the Kruger National Park, in which a hunting snare went through her mouth, down her face, underneath her ear and under her chin.
The four-month-old was found badly dehydrated but alive a few days later, and brought to the Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development orphanage in South Africa’s northeastern Limpopo province.
A month after being rescued, Khanyisa, named after the Tsonga word for light, weighed a healthy 330 pounds, and was adding 1 pound every day.
She was still separated from the rest of the herd, spending her nights in a heated room and days in a large enclosure with tall grass and a mud pool.
Under 24-hour supervision, the blue-eyed, pink-skinned toddler was frequently in a playful mood, craving attention and only stopping now and then to scratch her itchy scars on the wood pillars of her enclosure.