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<<--  Entry for:  August   16, 2017  -->>

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Ithumba Unit  August   16, 2017 The orphans left the stockade in a jovial mood today. Soon after settling on fresh lucerne, several Ex Orphans joined them to feed. A wild herd consisting of twelve members reported for water. The wild orphan who was amongst the Ex Orphans, tried to scare the keepers by mock changing at them. When she realised that the keepers were totally unconcerned with her, she started a lone game of rolling on the ground. Later, Ukame led the way to the browsing field. Dupotto as usual settled to browse with Kamok while Boromoko took some time off from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise.

At around ten thirty in morning, something strange happened. A wild herd in the company of Galana Gawa, Ithumbah, Kilaguni and Zurura passed by where the orphans were feeding. The herd didn't stay for long but continued with their journey, leaving Zurura and another young elephant with the orphans. What drew the keepersí attention was excitement of the orphans as they circled around this young elephant and amazingly enough that baby started walking towards mud bath as the orphans followed. It's then the keepers moved to find out who the baby was because at first they had mistaken him for Tusuja. They called out Karisa and the baby seemed to remember that name. He walked to the keepers as he raised his trunk and suckled a finger of one keepers. Karisa has come back after two months and twenty nine days in the wilderness!!! Now he joins Dupotto who was rescued again after going missing for two and half months. It remains to be seen if Kelelari will find his way back just as Karisa has done. At mud bath time, Karisa drank his first milk happily and ended up having 2 more bottles. Karisa then walked with Laragai to the water trough where they joined wild bulls to drink. When the bulls started leaving, Karisa followed them but the keepers were quick enough to bring him back. After mud bath, Shukuru, Ukame, Naseku, Kithaka, Oltaiyoni and Wanjala settled for red soil dusting as Lemoyian had a strength testing exercise with Boromoko. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kone area where Karisa settled to browse with Wanjala, Galla and Dupotto. Later in the evening, Karisa returned to the stockade with the other orphans. He is looking very good and healthy and seems to happy to be back with his old Nursery friends.


Karisa walking in with the Ex Orphans

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