Turns out that dogs aren’t just man’s best friend, but elephant’s best friend as well. Being social creatures, they can often help each other form familial and friendship bonds. This baby elephant is named Ubuntu, but he is affectionately known as “Ellie.” He arrived at the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in South Africa after being rejected by his herd.

Being critically ill with a normally fatal umbilical abscess, the odds of survival weren’t looking good for Ellie. It was a struggle to feed him and being an elephant, he needed some kind of socialization in order to have a healthy physical and mental development. Enter Duma, a former bomb sniffing German Shepherd who was more than happy to be friends. It proved to be life-saving for Ellie.