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She Lost Her Mother To Poachers, But Now She Can’t Stop Smiling About Her New Family

Ngulia the zebra was left alone when she was just a baby. Sadly, her mother was killed by poachers for her meat. Thankfully, rescuers from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya took her in and brought them to their orphanage in 2014.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

She was so tiny that she had to be bottle-fed and taken care of round the clock. She also met many new animals there who she became very close with.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

DWST takes in all milk-dependent orphaned wild animals in need of their assistance, including zebra, eland, kudu, buffalo, oryx, hippo, and of course rhinos and elephants.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

When Ngulia arrived, an older male orphaned zebra, Lualeni, took her under his wing. He has since returned to the wild, but still lives nearby. Ngulia took everything that Lualeni has taught her and now uses it to be a leader to the rest of the group there.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Ngulia spends her days grazing with her herd of friends while she works on getting stronger and once she is ready, she will hopefully return to the wild again.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Until then, she’s all smiles! It’s clear that Ngulia is very happy with her home and friends!

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.