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<<--  Entry for:  October   22, 2017  -->>

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Ithumba Unit  October   22, 2017 There was a drama in the morning shortly before the orphans were let out when a hyena tried to access water at the stockade water hole. One Tusk with his two friends stood on guard and one of them opted to chase the hyena away. Boromoko, who is always trying to challenge his male friends, was one of the first to leave the stockade. Once Boromoko was outside, he stood at the exit point and tried to block his friends from coming out. First was Galla who tried to fight his way out but was defeated. Second was Olsekki who volunteered to clear the way for his friends. Olsekki tackled Boromoko and pushed him back, thus creating way for others to pass. Roi and Shukuru carried branches in their mouths that they continued to feed on. Shortly later, the orphans were joined by Olare’s group, Yatta’s group and Mutara’s group. The naughty Kithaka tried to pick a pile of lucerne close to Ithumbah, thinking that Ithumbah wasn't looking. Kithaka got a rude shock when Ithumbah threw a back kick that landed on his trunk though! He then decided to leave and try his luck somewhere else. Kamok walked over to baby Nusu where she familiarized herself with the one week old boy, before her mother moved to the water trough to get some water.

As all this was going on, Sunyei's slipped quietly into the stockade and we were shocked and amazed to see that she had a baby that was only a few hours old, with Loijuk who appeared to be the main nanny. The excitement that rocked the whole area as Sunyei walked the baby towards the water trough was euphoric. As some trumpeted with excitement it drew the attention of the other elephants and they all ran towards Sunyei rumbling and trumpeting. The commotion was too much for Sunyei however, and she decided to steer her baby west of the stockade. We decided to call her little girl Siku, meaning ‘day’ after she was born as dawn broke across Tsavo.

Enkikwe had a strength testing exercise with Lemoyian that was cut short by Kithaka who came to ride on Lemoyian. At mud bath time sixty wild bulls and forty Ex Orphans joined the twenty two dependent orphans at mud bath. Shortly later, a new bull to the area who appeared to be a dominant one brought all activities to a standstill when he tackled one of the other big bulls head on. The shout from the wild bull prompted all the other bulls to clear from the water hole. The dominant male then settled for water as the rest of the bulls stood a distance away. The other bulls were only able to access the water after the dominant one left.

Boromoko blocking the way!

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