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2/15/2018 

Galana, baby Gawa, wendi, baby Wiva, Chyulu, Lenana, Nasalot, baby Nusu, Makena, Orwa, Bomani, Sidai and Narok joined the orphans for lucerne in the morning. A lone buffalo showed up for water at the stockade in the morning. As the buffalo settled for water Tusuja and Kamok spotted it and tried to charge. The buffalo stood its ground making Kamok and Tusuja retreat. Kamok met with Gawa and tried to scare her, something that left everyone wondering what sort of mother would she become when she grows up! Initially the girls are supposed to be good nannies and guardians to the young since at one point they will be mothers and they should learn early how to be when the time comes. Tusuja had a lone game of rolling on the ground as Laragai, Kithaka, Barsilinga, Garzi, Lemoyian, Siangiki and Olsekki left with the Ex Orphans. Boromoko and Sokotei were not seen in the morning but by noon they had come back and joined Laragai. Sirimon decided not to join the Ex Orphans but instead stuck with the dependent orphans. At mud bath time, Roi, who has become so greedy for milk, decided to play a trick on the keepers. After having her milk, Roi stood a short distance away sucking her trunk and pretending to be a good girl. As the keepers got themselves busy on feeding the next group, Roi tiptoed up and managed to grab a bottle of milk from the ground. The keepers shouted and told her to stop but she didn’t listen and guzzled all the milk before one of the keepers could retrieve the bottle from Roi's mouth. Roi wasn’t disappointed but just noted somewhere that next time she should have the perfect plan to make sure that she empties all the contents in the bottle before she gets caught. 

Chyulu eating


Gawa begging from her mum


Zurura playing with Garzi


Naseku with baby Nusu


Roi snatching a bottle!

2/13/2018 

Fearing the lions, the junior Ex Orphans have been choosing to spend the night outside the stockades. For the second time now, the lions, early at dawn, roared not far away. The scuffle with the lions which made Enkikwe lame also left Barsilinga limping as he tried to escape from the scene, which resulted in him hurting his front leg. The junior Ex Orphans joined the orphans to feed on Lucerne, and later they left to browse altogether. On the way to the mud bath, the orphans were joined by Tomboi. After mud bath the junior Ex Orphans, Mutara and Narok’s groups left with Kithaka, Boromoko, Sokotei, Lemoyian and Laragai. In the evening, Boromoko didn't show up at the stockade with Laragai, Kithaka, Sokotei and Lemoyian, but decided to stick with the older Ex Orphans. This is not the first time Boromoko has spent the night out with the Ex Orphans and it appears that he is always comfortable being in their company. 

Pare feeds with Ukame


Rapa leading


Sapalan mud bathing


Orphans relaxing in the shade

2/9/2018 

The stockade compound was flooded with Ex Orphans and several wild elephants. The orphans were let out and intermingled with their seniors as they waited for lucerne. Galla kept himself busy by engaging Naisula in a pushing game while Pare settled for a scratching exercise on a nearby rock. The orphans parted ways with the Ex Orphans soon after the lucerne was finished. The orphans passed by the water trough and took enough water ready to face another day. Led by the hot tempered Ukame, the orphans headed deeper to south east of Ithumba Hill. It has reached a point where they have to walk quite far in search of vegetation. They had a quiet morning as each tried hard to get enough food before the end of the day.

At mud bath time, the sun was really hot and the orphans took themselves in to the mud bath without being told by anybody. Soon after mud bath, the orphans headed back to the browsing field where they converged under a tree waiting for the temperature to drop. In the evening Kithaka, Lemoyian, Sirimon and Boromoko, who are tired of being locked in the stockade with a padlock, refused to accompany the rest of the herd back to the stockade to avoid spending the night there. Barsilinga returned because he is slightly limping still, while Siangiki and Olsekki came back as they are not yet sure if they want to leave or stay, and their best friend Enkikwe is still recovering. The main character, Laragai, who is unpredictable, was front in line on the way back. This is the same Laragai who wants to be in the stockade, and at the same time wants to be free! The same Laragai who knows how to let the others out and also knows how to cross fences by kneeling down to make herself small enough to fit through. She is also known for jumping over walls to get whatever she wants. She will be a character that we will have to deal with for some time!
 

Naisula playing with Galla


Kithaka and Rapa


Nasalot and her baby Nusu in the shade


Nusu is a baby full of attitude

2/3/2018 

Two wild bulls were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the orphans were let out. Also present at the stockade compound were Olare’s group, Narok’s group, Mutara’s group, Chaimu and Kilaguni. After Tusuja and Galla had enough lucerne, the two settled into a morning warm up exercise by pushing one another since the weather was chilly. At one point, Galla sat down trying to show Tusuja how talented he was since he can also play fight while seated. On the way to the browsing field, Kamok who rarely engages in pushing games tried to show Galla and Tusuja that, although she might be quiet sometimes, she too can act. Kamok separated the two boys who were involved in a pushing game and dared any of them who felt offended to turn and face her. Tusuja and Galla did not dare do anything to Kamok because they saw she meant business!

Mutara’s group later joined the juniors. At mud bath time, the weather was windy and none of the orphans dared to go in the water. Tusuja had a brief chat with Turkwel asking how life outside the stockade was treating him, since in the near future he would like to join them. The sky cleared giving way to sun shine. The orphans converged under a tree while continuously flapping their ears. In the evening, Mutara and her group fed a distance away from the orphans. All over sudden something scared them, prompting a stampede in which the group headed to the stockade. Their stampede caused panic and tension amongst the orphans. The orphans couldn't wait for the unknown and so followed the Ex Orphans at high speed. Barsilinga who was limping, could hardly run and so dragged himself slowly and arrived safely late in the evening at the stockade. They stayed around the stockade for a while. We are not sure what scared them or indeed if there was anything and they just got spooked, but it is good they came back to the stockades for safety anyway.
 

Rapa, Oltaiyoni and Dupotto


Siangiki and Bomani


Kamok facing Tusuja and Galla


Orphans sharing water with wild elephant

2/2/2018 

It was a chilly morning and Ithumba Hill was partly covered by mist. The orphans settled for lucerne and shortly later they were joined by Laragai and her group, Makireti, Kilabasi, Kasigau and Chaimu. Barsilinga was limping after spraining his front angle. It's suspected that he was injured during the foray with the lions attacked yesterday. The incident will remain in the groups mind for a long time and they certainly know now how dangerous a lion can be, especially to young elephants. Enkikwe was captured by the lion perhaps after he threatened it, since Enkikwe is known not to run but raise his ears whenever anything or anybody passes close to him. Laragai, who is always alert, is the complete opposite to Enkikwe. She flees anytime she detects something strange or dangerous around, even before setting eyes on it. The rest of the day was quiet. At mud bath time, the weather was still chilly and none of the orphans dared to step into the muddy water. Roi settled to chat with Naseku as they shared food from the same shrub. From the look of things, the two were discussing the current affairs and probably asking themselves, what they would do if suddenly a lion appeared. 

Enkikwe recovering


Maramoja and Namalok


Roi chats with Naseku


Barsilinga

 

 

 

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