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Quick Facts about  KORA

Gender  Male Date of Birth  Thursday, September 23, 2004
Location Found  Kora National Park
Age on Arrival  approximately 7 months old
Comments on Place Found  Found by a ranger patrol walking down a road. Following his tracks later revealed that he had been a number of days without other elephants, and we suspect a poaching victim
Reason for being Orphaned  Poaching

The secret to nurturing a sense of compassion is the ability to visualise oneself in someone else’s circumstances, and interpret how one would feel coping with such a situation.

Imagine being a six month old elephant baby, (and although you duplicate a human of that age, because you are an elephant, you are born with the ability to walk – and walk – and walk). But when you do so you are always alongside, or beneath a very loving mother, and at all times surrounded and touched by a very caring and loving elephant family – in other words, a cherished little treasure amongst some very gentle and caring adults.

Kora is captured by rangers and driven 100kms  Kora's bad wound on his jaw bone

Imagine being the centre of a tragedy, the likes of which you are unable to understand – your entire family either killed, or running for their lives, dispersed far and wide in every direction, and yourself suffering a deep wound in the right hand jaw, so deep and serious that part of your jawbone breaks away. You find yourself alone, suddenly so alone that there is no-one to care for you. You walk – and walk – and walk, becoming more and more thirsty because the place which was once home to George and Joy Adamson, namely Kora National Park is a semi-desert environment, a stretch of extremely arid and hostile, thorny bush-land in the far Northern Frontier of Kenya.

Kora is unloaded  On arrival at the airstrip

Kora is placed on the stretcher  Kora covered by a blanket on the aeroplane

Your wound very soon becomes so infected that the pain is intense, and this combined with ever increasing thirst and hunger saps the moisture and strength from your small body. You are terrified; a vulnerable target for the lions and hyaenas who could tear you to pieces at any moment. Suddenly you encounter some very Big Strangers, all adult bulls, moving rapidly, in a hurry to cover this waterless stretch of country as soon as possible, like you fearful of dreaded humans. You try to join them, but soon you understand that you cannot keep up, and they cannot wait for you, so you peel off in a search for water to quench your burning thirst. You are alone once again, and you find a sandy riverbed, but it is dry, although the scent of water beneath the surface is tantalising. You climb wearily up the opposite bank, and walk – and walk – and walk, this time along a man-made road, terrified, lonely and wounded, becoming weaker and more dehydrated with every step.

This is the story of little “Kora”, a calf aged about 6 months, found wandering all alone, with no elephants anywhere near, along a remote road in Kora National Park on Thursday 21st April, the erstwhile home of George Adamson and his famous lions. He was found by Rangers on patrol from Meru National Park, about 50kms from the nearest source of water, extremely emaciated and weak. What damaged his jaw is a mystery. It could have perhaps been the result of a bullet, or possibly a spear injury, but what was evident after his jaw was X-rayed was that a piece of bone has been displaced, with additional fragments around it were causing the deep-seated sepsis that we had to deal with. Fortunately after a couple of weeks of antibiotics and daily cleaning of the wound the large bone chip passed from his mouth along with huge amounts of puss. This was not the end of Kora's troubles as still plenty of small bone fragments remained, but slowly over the months, with daily cleaning, his septic jaw began to heal, and his body slowly absorbed the small bone fragments.

Amos feeding Kora  cleaning the wound on the jaw

Extreme starvation and dehydration in a baby elephant is always life threatening, as is anesthesia, and it was for that reason we delayed putting his story on our web-page for so long. Kora was such a brave little chap, and despite his injury, he fed well, becoming stronger by the day. He was an endearing little calf with some of the biggest ears we had ever seen on one so small, making him look just like the legendary “Dumbo”!

Kora with the older orphans  Kora meets the other orphans

Kora is now a wild bull living free in Tsavo East National Park having been reintroduced to the wild from the Ithumba Reintegration Unit.

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