My Wild Affair: The Elephant Who Found a Mom

My Wild Affair: The Elephant Who Found a Mom

Wednesday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m.

A new, four-part series shares extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions

In the first episode, learn how the death of a baby elephant led to the rescue of more than 150 elephant orphans.

"The Elephant Who Found a Mom" is the heartbreaking story of Aisha, a baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne leaves Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding. Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat, leading to her death. Heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha’s short life to help her save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.

Upcoming episodes of "My Wild Affair" will feature an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart.

Photo: Daphne Sheldrick with a baby elephant named Schmetty