Mila the elephant has been flying solo since she was 4 years old.
The wild-born African pachyderm spent more than 30 years in captivity as New Zealand circus' lone elephant before being transferred to the Frankland Zoo in Auckland, where she was, once again, the only one of her kind.
Her keepers decided she needed company — and launched a campaign to reunite Mila with her kind. Staff and supporters were able to raise $1.5 million to relocate 41-year-old Mila across the ocean to the San Diego Zoo, a place where six other African and Asian elephants called home.
Mila was recently introduced to Mary, the matriarch at her new zoo, after 37 years without any other pachyderm interaction.
Watch their sweet meeting above.
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According to the San Diego Zoo's blog:
"In late January, we gave Mila the first opportunity to meet another elephant with limited interaction. We decided that Mary was the best option,Read More »from Elephant meets another elephant for the first time in 37 years at San Diego Zoo