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Twelve wild elephants in the company of Mutara and Olare’s groups were at the stockade compound early in the morning. As the orphans were let out, Kibo, Kandecha and a junior wild elephant went into the lower stockade. Shortly later, Kibo and Kandecha went out leaving the wild elephant in the stockade as he was busy collecting the leftovers. The wild elephant then panicked after realizing that his friends had deserted him and with no knowledge of where the gate might be, the wild elephant broke the fence by bumping into the wires and ran without stopping until he disappeared from our view.

Galla challenged Kanjoro by engaging him in a strength testing exercise as Olsekki and Siangiki walked down to the water trough where they joined a wild bull to drink water. Their friend Enkikwe is still recuperating in the stockade after he was attacked by a lion two weeks ago. Olsekki and Siangiki will continue to miss the company of their friend Enkikwe since he will still stay in the stockade until he recovers. After Galla lost his game to Kanjoro, he walked down and met with Tusuja who they had a duel with, before Kandecha intervened by separating them. Shortly before mud bath time, Laragai and her group left with the Ex Orphans. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by eight wild bulls.

Wild bull drinks with Olsekki and Siangiki

Fence broken by the wild elephant

Enkikwe with lucerne on his head

Sapalan and Namalok


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!


Early before dawn, two lions roared. The roaring of the lions forced Narok and Olare’s groups to run back and seek refuge at the stockade compound. At six o'clock in the morning, the orphans were let out and joined Olare and Narok’s groups. Naseku fed close to Narok as they recounted to each other how the roaring of the lion had frightened them. Narok informed Naseku that she was lucky to have a safe place to spend her nights compared to them. Naseku concurred with Narok that life was much smoother and safe at the stockades and with the keepers. Narok reminded Naseku that however much she is enjoying, a day will come when she will have to leave the human family and join her real family out in the wild. Naseku thanked Narok for her advice then with excitement, trumpeted to inform her friends that it was time to hit the road to start their day in searching of food to eat.

Ukame settled to browse with Galla as they discussed how time really flies given that it was only June last year when they were brought to Ithumba. At that time Ukame wasn't willing to stay and several times she wanted to escape. Now she knows this is her family and she is happy to stay, and thanks to the Ex Orphans because now they have discovered who they are and where they belong. At mud bath time, Ukame, Tusuja and Galla competed who would get to the milk bottles first. Tusuja won the race followed by Ukame. Two wild bulls joined the orphans to drink water and shortly later parted ways. In the afternoon, Laragai took her group and came later when the milk dependent group arrived back.

Lemoyian browsing

Dupotto followed by Siangiki and Oltaiyoni

Tusuja, Galla and Ukame running for milk

Two wild bulls join the orphans


The sky was partly covered by clouds when the orphans were let out. Outside the stockade, Narok and Olare’s groups were waiting. Shortly later a wild mum with her two calves four and eight years old joined the orphans to feed on lucerne. The four year old threatened to push Galla for no apparent reason. Galla stood his ground and rumbled in an effort to call his friends for help. It was interesting to watch Vuria and Garzi respond so quickly and come forward to help Galla, who they considered as their family member. The wild elephant didn’t wait to be attacked by the gang Galla had called and it retreated. Galla was left smiling after the four year old baby fled away. Galla then thanked Vuria and Garzi for their quick response. Shortly afterwards, Kamok led the group to the browsing field. Ukame and Roi couldn't leave without something to keep them busy on the way. The two wise girls carried a considerable amount of lucerne in their trunks that they enjoyed feeding on their way. Ukame and Roi know how tired one gets when looking for food these days and there was no need to leave the lucerne, given out freely, to go and start toiling away once they reached the browsing area.

Karisa started his day's activities with a soil dusting exercise, while Galla settled for scratching exercise when he came across a rock that he saw suitable for his belly. The quiet Sapalan teamed up with Namalok to browse. At mud bath time, Rapa finished his milk and instead of turning to go for mud bathing, he walked to the water trough and joined Half Trunk to drink water. Half Trunk, who is old enough to be Rapa's father, welcomed Rapa and shared water without intimidating the young calf. Rapa felt happy for a few minutes as he spent time with Half Trunk drinking. He hoped that a day will come when he will be big just like Half Trunk. The Ex Orphans briefly passed by the mud bath where Tusuja and Naseku tried to ambush baby Wiva so as to fight her. Wiva, who was accompanied by Mwende, ran a head of Mwende so as to avoid Tusuja and Naseku. Mwende walked in a zigzag style in an effort of blocking Tusuja and Naseku. This was meant to buy time for Wiva to run and get help from her mother Wendi, incase Tusuja and Naseku continued pursuing her.

Ukame and Roi carrying lucerne

Karisa soil dusting

Galla scratching his tummy

Wiva running from Tusuja and Naseku


It was another chilly morning as the orphans strolled nonchalantly out from the stockade. Waiting outside the stockade were Narok’s group, Olare’s group and two wild bulls. The junior Ex Orphans joined the orphans at the foot of Ithumba Hill for half an hour then separated and rejoined again later on the way to the mud bath. Chattering baboons passing nearby scared Kamok, Dupotto and Kauro so that they ran as fast as their legs could carry them heading in the direction of the keepers. The keepers calmed them down by calling their names and whistling. Galla, who is trying to establish himself as a kingpin, rumbled to call Tusuja to accompany him to check out what the matter was. The two boys walked with their ears raised towards the direction of the chattering baboons. Shortly later, the duo came back after establishing that there was no cause for alarm as the baboons were only scavenging for food. At mud bath time Roi, who loves her milk so much, caused drama when she finished her milk and when she was passing the milk crate heading for water, grabbed a bottle of milk and ran off with it. Roi knew very well that it is very naughty to drink someone else’s milk but she thought she could get away with it by circling around in an effort to avoid the keepers. By the time the bottle was pulled from her mouth, Roi had already downed half of it! The question now was who among the remaining orphans would really appreciate taking one and half bottles instead of two. It was agreed that Ukame being one of the big girls would be given only one and a half bottles; although we were sure that she was going protest only we didn't know how. If she knew how to write, she would demonstrate by holding a placard written ‘I have been given less milk today’. When Ukame arrived, she was given the first bottle and then the second bottle. She didn’t understand why the last bottle was quicker than normal and knew she had been played, so decided to protest by rumbling and stood in the same place waiting for her balance. Lucky enough she was the last one and watched in disbelief as the empty bottles in a crate were loaded into a pick up. Ukame turned around to check if the small boys were around so as to vent her anger on them but it appears that they had sensed what was happening and so tried to avoid her at all cost. Yatta and her group reported later in evening at the stockade and left immediately after drinking enough water. 

Orwa leading

Dupotto and Roi


Orphans relaxing




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