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Quick Facts about  ARABA
 

Gender  Female Date of Birth  December 2013
Location Found  Tsavo East National Park between Ndara and Dakota
Age on Arrival  Just under two years old
Comments on Place Found  Found with her mother who had multiple arrow wounds and despite vet treatment succumbed from her injuries
Reason for being Orphaned  Poaching


A seriously injured and ill elephant was brought to the attention of the DSWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit on the 19th of October, seen on the plains between Ndara and Dakota Tsavo East National Park. Remaining by her side was her small calf. The cow had multiple horrific arrow injuries, and due to septicaemia the prognosis regarding her recovery has very guarded. She was immobilised for treatment and meanwhile the calf remained nearby. When revived she was too weak to be able to stand, despite being helped with straps around her tusks, and she slipped away before everyone’s eyes.

The calf with her mother  One of the arrow wounds can be clearly seen

The elephant darted for treatment  An arrow head removed from a wound

Trying to help the elephant to her feet  Capturing the calf

The captured calf is restrained  Preparing to load the calf into the vehicle

All attention now focussed on rescuing her still milk dependent calf and the Voi Keepers and Anti-Poaching Team, together with DSWT Field Manager Trevor Jennings were called to assist. Once the teams arrived they were able to capture the female calf without anesthetisation and she was loaded into the waiting Landcruiser and driven slowly back through the Park to the Voi stockades where she was placed in a taming stockade.

The calf arrives at the Voi stockades and is offloaded  Offloading the calf from the vehicle

The offloaded calf is carried to the stockades  Carrying the calf to the stocakde

The calf is placed in a stockade  The restraints are removed

Araba relaxing in the stockade after arrival  The calf is named Araba

The presence of the other orphans had a calming effect on the newcomer and she instantly took milk from a bucket. It was a couple of days before she was sufficiently tame to take milk from a hand held bottle but once this had been accomplished she settled rapidly. We gave her the name ‘Araba’ meaning Elephant in the Waliangulu tribal language and estimated her age on arrival to be just under two years old, still very much a milk dependent candidate.

Trying to get Araba to take some milk  Araba in the Voi stockade

The calf a couple of days after arrival  Araba in her stockade a week after arrival

Sweet Araba


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