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Today the eleven babies that make up the orphan herd made their way to the Umani Hills to feed on the fresh green grass shoots that are coming up following the rains that fell over the last few days. Murera seemed to be feeling quite strong today and was able to climb the hills without much difficulty as did Mwashoti who was close behind her.
While they were walking Zongonloni was being followed by Jasiri suddenly turned and faced him as she had a sense that Jasiri was going to try and grab her tail which is something that she did not want and as such to ensure that he would not have the opportunity to do so she waited until Jasiri had overtaken her and she followed him content in the knowledge that he was head of her and thus could not bother her.
The orphans browed along the Chyulu Hills were they came across some buffaloes. The orphan group know that it is not a good idea to interact with buffaloes who can be quite dangerous. Faraja and Ngasha made sure to avoid the buffalo herd and Sonje kept a close on on Mwashoti who was slowly limping along to ensure the he would not get a surprise at seeing the buffaloes as well as to make sure that he would get safely past them.

Mwashoti and Limalima browsing in the forest

Babies arrive for 11am feed

Alamaya enjoying soft green branches


At the midday mud bath Alamaya was in a particularly playful mood and went to engage Mwashoti in some games. He tried to mount Mwashoti, something which Mwashoti was not happy about and as such he tried to get away from Alamaya who kept holding him. When Zongoloni saw that Mwashoti was not keep to play Amalaya’s game she went and gave him a push on his backside letting him know that he should leave Mwashoti alone. Alamaya stepped away and when he saw Sonje and Murera headed his way he walked away leaving Mwashoti in peace.
Ziwa, Ngasha and Faraja started fighting over wallowing space when in the water as they all wanted to lie in the mud. Their antics were watched by some of the other orphans who felt that the water was too cold for wallowing and were having fun spraying bubbles in the water with their trunk. They were therefore happy to move away and allow the three to have the mud bath to themselves thus bringing an end to their fight.
Once the group had returned to the bushes for the afternoon browsing session Murera and Sonje decided that the area was not safe as they felt there were wild elephants around. The keepers checked to see what could be bothering the two girls and found that there was nothing wrong and that what they were trying to do was ensure that the group stayed close together.

Babies at the pellet corner in the morning

Murera having a scratch

Jasiri crossing over logs


Murera was the first to exit her stockade this morning leaving Sonje behind who was waiting for Mwashoti to come and join her so that she could lead him to the supplement feeding area. While Sonje was looking out for Mwashoti, Ziwa and Ngasha ran to the fence line and started to eat the Lucerne that had been put out for the orphans before the rest of the group arrived. Lima Lima started to follow them but changed her mind half way there, returning to the stockades to see if she could find any pods to eat.
Jasiri and Ziwa started to fight over some pellets that were on the ground leaving the keepers perplexed as to why they were fighting when there was more than enough pellets for them to feed on. They soon realized that the two were engaged in some kind of play fight and did not have any ill feelings towards one another as they were just having some fun.
In the evening it rained quite heavily delaying the orphans return to the stockades for the night. Alamaya and Mwashoti were desperate to get home as it was a big storm with trees being blown over around them leaving the two youngsters feeling very vulnerable especially as the rest of the group had taken to charging around trumpeting loudly. In the chaos Lima Lima managed to run away from the keepers who soon realized that she had returned to the stockades where she was enjoying her milk. It continued to rain quite heavily for several hours and did not stop raining until midnight.

Orphans climb Umani Hills

Ziwa smelling Mwashoti's mouth

Faraja picking branches


As the orphans headed out to the browsing fields in the morning it was quite chaotic as they all seemed to have a mind of their own, especially the boys and did not want to listen to the matriarchs of the group. Lima Lima decided to follow the naughty boys and keep and eye on them leaving Alamaya and Mwashoti to follow Murera while Ziwa looked for Ngasha so that they could play some pushing games as they made their way to the Chyulu hills in search of some fresh vegetation to feed on .
Quanza, Faraja and Jasiri looked for Zongoloni and made their way towards her leaving Alamaya on his own. The keepers came and rounded up the orphan herd, who had scattered all over the place making hit hard to locate them all. They started with Alamaya and slowly managed to get the entire group together walking from one to another until all the orphans were present and accounted for.
When it was time to return to the stockades in the evening the orphans were in a hurry to get home as they were all feeling rather thirsty and could not wait to get their bottles and drink their milk. Lima Lima took the lead of the group and made sure that all the orphans were following her so that they would all be safely in their respective stockades by nightfall.

Orphans feed on lucerne in the morning

Playful Murera

Alamaya and Mwashoti


Faraja and Ngasha engaged one another in a strength testing pushing game this morning which began before the milk feed and continued once they had finished their bottles. They were both in top form today and were pushing with a lot of strength. The game continued for a while and ended when Ngasha was pushed hard by Faraja and fell to the ground. He was not happy about being defeated and sought refuge with the keepers who had come to get the boys as it was time to head out for the day.
When they walked out to join the rest of the group they met up with Ziwa. While they were walking Faraja grabbed Ngasha’s tail making him cry out in a plea for help from Murera or any of the keepers. The keepers came and told Faraja off he let go of Ngasha’s tail and Ngasha quickly ran to Ziwa for some solace and comfort. It was again drizzling as the group made their way to the forest and Mwashoti was seen trying to hide from the rain under Quanza’s belly. Unfortunately he was too big to fit properly and as such he went and sought refuge under Sonje.

It looked as if the Chyulu Hills had also received quite a bit of rain and the orphans made their way there to browse until it was time for the midday milk feed. As it was quite wet none of the orphans wallowed in the water choosing instead to have a quick dustbath before resuming with their browsing activities.

Zongoloni lying in the mud

Ngasha having a nap

Limalima and Faraja at the water trough




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