In pictures: The touching bond between a rescued elephant and his handler

These heartwarming images show the bond between a rescued elephant and his handler. 

The pictures show Makhavusi, a hand-reared elephant, and Marupia, an elephant handler, at the wildlife conservancy in Zimbabwe, Africa. 

Makhavusi was destined to be sold to a zoo as a calf but was instead rescued and brought to the wildlife conservancy where he bonded with Marupia. 

Marupia helped to rear the elephant by hand

Credit: Sam Turley / CATERS NEWS

Their bond is evident to all

Credit: Sam Turley / CATERS NEWS

The elephant trusts his handler now

Credit: Sam Turley / CATERS NEWS

Photographer Sam Turley who took the pictures, said: "Too young to fend for himself, Makhavusi was hand raised and bottle fed. 

 “Marupia walked over to Mak and Mak gave him a full inspection with his trunk."

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