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Emoli, who was known to be very calm and polite, has recently changed character slightly. This might have been fuelled by the growth of his tusks as nowadays he has started pushing around some of his friends, obviously feeling quite proud of his new accessories. He has even started pushing his old friend and age-mate, Maisha. Today he was very naughty during the 11am milk feed and pushed little Mukkoka who lost his balance and fell into the rope cordon. Luckily the Keepers were there to rescue him. Emoli turned his naughty mood on to Tamiyoi who was drinking water from one of the water troughs, and a slight push and pull game ensued. The game ended quickly however as Tamiyoi, the mini matriarch who is also much older than Emoli, put a swift end to it. Maktao caused a bit of a commotion when he sneaked over to the wheelbarrow where the full milk bottles were still sitting. He tried to steal a bottle but succeeded in only taking off one of the teats, before the Keepers arrived and rescued the situation from the naughty little one.  


Malkia is still very reluctant to enter the translocation lorry. The Keepers are trying everything to coax her into the lorry, but most of their efforts are futile. Despite Sana Sana and Ndiwa entering the lorry quite happily and having their milk bottles, Malkia is still unwilling to cooperate. Today Malkia was not interested in going to practice at the lorry for the 3pm feeding, and instead was trying her best to browse far away from the others and dodge the Keepers entirely. After struggling to direct her for a while, eventually she was coaxed towards the lorry. Unfortunately today she still refused to go on the lorry, and in fact she was not bothered about her milk bottle at all!

Due to the rain we have had recently, the path to the mud bath area was very slippery today. The majority of the babies had a hard time walking along the path for their 11am milk bottle. Maisha and Sagala seemed to be the most affected today. Maisha, who came in the first group to be fed, slipped and fell twice, and Sagala fell once on her way down for her bottle.


We have had some lions around the area at the moment and the warthogs have been keeping a close eye on all their babies. They like to browse close to the elephants for security, as the elephants and the Keepers will act as a deterrent to the lions attacking in the day time. Today it wasn’t made easy for them however as Maisha, Tamiyoi and Enkesha kept driving them away from the group. Either they did not want them around or sharing their food, or they did not want the lions around either!

Sagala was browsing from a small bush slightly away from the others. As she was browsing, out of the thicket walked a big tortoise which gave her a fright. She ran shouting towards the group and Tamiyoi, Maisha and Enkesha charged in the direction she had come from. They were not sure what lay ahead of them when they encountered the ‘moving rock’. Maisha tried to kick the moving rock, but it kept walking towards her, so she turned back yelling and running towards the group as well. Enkesha and Tamiyoi followed suit when they saw what looked like a moving rock moving towards them, and they turned to look for the Keepers help as well. The Keepers went to find out what was bothering their elephant babies, only to find the poor big tortoise who quietly went on his way.


Today began as usual with the elephant orphans engaged in their usual morning activities. Some were browsing and others were lying on the ground, resting and soaking up the warm earth as the sun rose. Others like Maktao and Musiara were playing, and Maktao has recently become more interested in these pushing games, previously having distanced himself from them. He is becoming more interested however and a little fighter, swiftly starting or joining any games that his friends start. He can be quite ruthless in these games, and today Musiara had to bow out of the game when Maktao became quite rough and boisterous. To quench his thirst for play, Maktao joined Emoli and Maisha who were enjoying a pushing and pulling game. His interruption seemed to annoy Maisha however, and in return she bit Maktao’s tail in protest. Maktao complained loudly, rightly so, which brought the attention of Malkia who was browsing from the nearby bushes. She came running over and stepped between the warring babies, bringing peace to the area again. 


Just like with humans, we have children who are not fond of washing every day and we see this with our baby elephants too! Not all of them want to go in the mud bath everyday either. We have some babies that hate the mud bath and are not fond of wallowing, and some that are always happy to go in the mud and adore swimming. As we have often witnessed, whilst some of the orphans go straight into the water after their milk bottles, Ambo and Sattao seem to do their best to avoid the mud pool.

Today when the first group came down for their milk bottles, the whole group were observed in the mud pool at some stage, all except Sattao. Even Dololo, who you would think would hate the mud wallow considering his rescue, was not left out and was wallowing in the mud too. Maisha spotted that Sattao was not getting into the water, and it was very funny to watch her running from the mud wallow to Sattao to rub up against him to try and get him to join them in the water. Sattao was doing his very best to try and avoid Maisha! As Maisha kept missing him, she did the next best thing and ran down the rope cordon trying to bump into the visitors there and intentionally get them all muddy, just like Malima does, before running back to the mud wallow. 




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