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Garzi left the stockade with a branch in his mouth that he continued to feed on while enjoying scratching on the nearby rocks. Oltaiyoni had a brief chat with Olsekki as Enkikwe tried to pull some grass from Sirimon's mouth. The orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area until it was time for their next milk bottle at the mud bath. Barsilinga, Lemoyian, Shukuru, Sirimon, Siangiki, Vuria and Oltaiyoni really enjoyed the mud bath at length. Sokotei engaged Bomani in a strength testing exercise as Olsekki played with Garzi. Sokotei decided to take a break to roll on the ground but as soon as he went down on his knees Bomani was quick to throw himself on top of him. Olsekki came to Sokoteiís and both of them ganged up to fight Bomani. After mud bath, Lemoyian engaged Kithaka in a pushing game that lasted unil Lemoyian surrendered. Shortly after the orphans returned back to the browsing field, the Ex orphans in the company of eight wild bulls reported. Mutara and Chaimuís groups were not there and we are still hopeful our new arrivals Kelelari, Dupotto and Karisa are with them. The Ex Orphans left two hours later after enough wallowing.  

Playful Bomani and Sokotei

Orwa at the mud bath

Teleki and Nasalot


The orphans left the stockade in a slow measured walk today, unlike other days where they all rush to the bush without looking back. Narok, Bomani and Vuria who have become regular visitors went into the stockade when the gates were opened. Narok took Naseku and they left together while Kamok and Boromoko exchanged morning greetings by inserting their trunks into each other's mouths. Kithaka took some dry lucerne and started throwing it over his head as Barsilinga approached him for a pushing game. Lemoyian attempted to mount on Naseku but he was brought down by Narok.
Out in the Park Bomani and Roi took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise. Kithaka and Barsilinga went into their usual pushing game that ended in a draw. At mud bath time, only Boromoko and Garzi went into the water as the rest stood at the edge of the mud bath as if they were spectators. Afterwards, Garzi found Barsilinga eagerly waiting to have a pushing game with him, a game that didn't last for long as Garzi appeared not to be in the mood. The orphans then settled to browse just a few metres away from the mud bath. In the afternoon the temperature skyrocketed making the orphans want to return for a proper swim in the water; this time all the orphans participated in wallowing. After they browsed slowly on their way back to the stockade.

Narok greets Naseku

Barsilinga and Boromoko at the water trough

Orphans enjoy bath time


Narok, Bomani and Vuria joined the juniors at the stockade compound soon after they were let out. Narok started a game of rolling on the ground. Her game attracted Naseku, Bomani, Lemoyian and Sokotei. Naseku leaned on Narok and later used her as a scratching surface. Lemoyian ran into trouble with Sokotei when he tried to ride on Naseku. Sokotei stood up and defended Naseku by challenging Lemoyian to a pushing game. Their game ended soon when Sirimon intervened and ganged up with Sokotei to drive Lemoyian away. Shukuru and Barsilinga had a brief chat as they entwined their trunks in morning greetings. Later, Barsilinga played with Garzi while Tusuja tried to challenge Sirimon.
Out in the bush, Lemoyian challenged Kithaka while Olsekki tackled Sirimon. Sokotei teamed up with Naseku to browse and later took a break from browsing to participate in soil dusting. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area where Oltaiyoni teamed up with Sokotei and Shukuru to browse on all the green vegetation around.
In the evening, back in the stockade compound, Oltaiyoni was transferred to join Siangiki and her group for the night. This was after she was noted to be terrorizing Roi and Kamok whenever she thought it her right to do so. Now she joins the ranks of Siangiki, Boromoko, Sokotei, Sirimon, Enkikwe and Olsekki.

Narok and Bomani rolling on the ground

Orphans browsing

Sokotei dusting games


Kauro bid goodbye to Tusuja and Naseku his roommates at two o'clock in the morning as he embarked on a journey back to Nairobi for observation. At six o'clock in the morning, the gates were opened for the juniors to come out. Narok, Bomani and Vuria, who spend most of their night just nearby, joined the juniors on the way to the browsing field. Barsilinga and Garzi passed by the water trough and had water before following their friends. After having enough water Garzi decided to scratch his buttocks on the water trough. At the browsing field Sirimon settled to browse with Shukuru as Olsekki settled to feed with Siangiki. Kithaka and Barsilinga had light pushing game while Roi took a break from feeding to scratch on a nearby rock.
Boromoko and Tusuja headed straight to mud bath after having their milk. The rest of the group headed for water where they were joined by Orok and a wild bull. The wild bull threatened to push the juniors if they didn't give him way. The juniors stood aside and gave the right of way to the older wild elephant. After the orphans returned back to the browsing field, the Ex Orphans in the company of wild bulls reported for mud bath and left when they had enough wallowing. The orphans settled to feed on the western side of Ithumba Hill and in the evening they passed by mud bath where they enjoyed an evening wallowing.

Arranging greens for Kauro

Lemoyian with trunk up in the air

Orok with a wild bull


The orphans left the stockade in a jovial mood expressed by swinging their trunks from side to side. They were joined by Bomani, Narok and Vuria who came late last night and slept outside the stockade. The three appear to have parted ways with Bongo, Orwa and Teleki who have been seen with Yattaís group. Only time will tell if this is a temporary parting or itís a permanent thing. Sirimon attempted to climb on Boromoko as Kithaka engaged Garzi in a pushing game. Kauro had a brief chat with Enkikwe as Sirimon turned to play with Tusuja. At the browsing field, Kauro settled to feed with Barsilinga as Kithaka settled to feed with Lemoyian. At mud bath time, Shukuru had a spectacular wallowing as Garzi and Lemoyian stood at the mud bath edge watching her. When Shukuru was done with bathing, she left to cover herself in soil. In the afternoon, the orphans settled in the Kanziku area and browsed calmly without any major observation.  

Kauro and Enkikwe chat

Boys in pushing games

Shukuru enjoys the water




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