The family reunion was more touching than Staples could have imagined.
“The first little twin arrived and Elsa wasn’t really sure if that was her baby because they had been separated for a couple of months by then,” Staples said. “But when the second baby arrived, she was completely transformed. She was nuzzling them, nosing them and following them and showing them their new home.”
You can watch Elsa see her babies again for the first time here:
“It was just the most beautiful thing,” Staples added. “And they really haven’t left her side since.”
When the babies are old enough, the sanctuary will form a family band for Elsa and her twins, adding some additional aunts and uncles to the mix. They will then be introduced to the thousands of acres of land at the sanctuary, where they’ll live the rest of their lives as if they were wild.
For now, the twins are still very attached to their mom — and Elsa will not let them out of her sight. “They’re very playful and adventurous and curious,” Staples said. “But if ever they are nervous, they’ll just run back to her.”