The bond between an animal and a human can sometimes surprise us all.

A young elephant living at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand has formed a very special relationship with Darrick, a worker at the park. In the video, we watch as Kham La runs towards him, calling out with excitement. Later in the clip, Kham La and Darrick can be seen running together holding hands — with her trunk wrapped tightly around his hand.

Elephant Nature Park founder Lek Chailert wrote of Darrick, “From the first day he showed love and kindness to their group. It did not take long for them to love and accept him back.”

That love couldn’t be clearer than it is in this video!