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Quick Facts about  SERAA

Gender  Female Date of Birth  September 2001
Location Found  Sera Group Ranch
Age on Arrival  6 weeks old
Comments on Place Found  Found in a well at Kasima Hamisi bordering Shaba national reserve
Reason for being Orphaned  Found in Erosion Gulley

On the 12th October 2001 we were alerted that an elephant would be coming by helicopter to our doorstep at the Nairobi Nursery. This elicited a flurry of excitement and activity, since this was the first baby elephant to be brought by a Helicopter actually on site. Shortly later, the same helicopter that flew Mweya from Uganda to Kenya, landed beside Daphne’s house, with a tiny trunk waving from an open window! We were told by the pilot, Phil Mathews, that she had been rescued by Ian Craig of Lewa Downs from a deep depression in a natural rock water catchment known as Kasima Hamisi. Ian Craig’s party were there to discuss another community wildlife related project with the local people when they heard faint wails that at first they could not identify. Further investigation revealed the tiny head of an elephant calf just managing to keep above the water level. They believe that she had been in the “well” probably for two days, unable to touch the bottom, but managing somehow to keep afloat, desperately clinging to life. This same place had apparently trapped another calf a couple of years earlier who had been successfully reunited with her elephant family.

Seraa arrives at the Trust by Helicopter  Seraa is unloaded and walked to the stockades

The baby was extracted from the hole and deposited by the Helicopter near an elephant herd spotted from the air earlier, but sadly the Matriarch reacted violently, tossing the calf away, whilst another member of the herd attempted to kneel on her. Clearly this particular herd would reject, and even possibly kill, this baby – unusual elephant behaviour in a psychologically stable population, but not unusual where the elephants have long been subjected to persecution by humans and are themselves constantly in a state of high alert. The calf was retrieved and from then on, treated as an orphan. Ian Craig requested that she be named “Seraa”, the name of the location in which she was orphaned.

Here in the Nairobi Nursery, the reception little Seraa received from the other orphaned elephants was warm, tender and loving. They all came along to have a look and welcome the new baby before themselves going into their stables for the night. Then, “Nasalot”, upon hearing the calf cry, insisted on being let out again so that she could reassure herself that the distress was not emanating from one of “her” favourite Nursery babies – i.e. Mweya, Sweet Sally or little Thoma. With tail up and ears out she hurried round to their night stables, and having satisfied herself that each one was fine, rushed back to where the baby was with her new Keepers. We let her in, and immediately the newcomer calmed down, as Nasalot rumbled a loving greeting, and gentled the baby all over. Having spent about 10 minutes with her, Nasalot was then happy to return to her stable, confident that the baby was in safe hands with her new Keepers. As for little Seraa, very soon she was comfortable with her Keepers, taking re-hydration fluids and milk, and during her first night, unlike Sweet Sally and Thoma, slept soundly. Come the morning, the Keepers felt that perhaps she should stay put for a while. However, the two older orphans, Nasalot and Mulika had other ideas. Bellows from the bush indicated that they were wondering why Seraa was not with them, and back they came, to collect her!

Seraa becomes part of the group very quickly  Seraa with her trunk in the air

We estimated the tiny elephant was about 6 weeks old upon arrival, therefore born in September 2001, and although we anticipated the usual problems, Seraa was fine and delighted to have found herself within a welcoming elephant family, and humans that were equally as loving and gentle, to feed her on demand and take care of all her bruises, both mental and physical.

Seraa with Vincent

Having been moved to the Voi Unit in June 2003, Seraa is a solid member of Emily's ex-orphan herd and we were delighted in February 2018 when she had her first wild born calf, little boy Solar.

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