Echo the Mother Elephant

In Kenya, there was a special elephant named Echo. She was the leader of her elephant group.

In 1990, Echo had a baby named Ely. His front legs were weak. He couldn’t stand up.

If a baby is hurt, elephants usually leave it behind. Soon it was time to move away and find food. But Echo didn’t leave Ely.

Echo tried to help Ely stand. But he couldn’t do it. After three days, Ely stood up slowly. Soon he could walk by himself! Before long, Echo and Ely joined the other elephants again.

Thanks to Echo, Ely has a healthy, happy life.

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Comprehension Questions

1. What is the main idea of this passage?

2. What was Echo in her group?

3. Ely had _____ front legs when he was born.

4. How long did it take for Ely to stand up?

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