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<<--  Entry for:  October   21, 2005  -->>

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Nursery Unit  October   21, 2005 Today was the saddest and worst day we have ever had in the Nairobi Nursery. Keeper Patrick Dokata, Mzee, who was with Shida, the young rhino, unwittingly bumped into Makosa who was in thick bush, not having realised that the big rhino was there. Startled, Makosa responded aggressively, tossing Patrick high into the air and killing him on the spot. Those who heard the commotion came running, and were stunned to find what had happened. The Management went to fetch KWS Rangers to come and guard the body until the Police and other KWS Officers arrived, but Makosa returned and charged the Rangers, forcing them to climb a flimsy tree. Despite 3 warning shots fired from the Rangersís gun, Makosa would not stop attacking the tree, and was shot dead, so today we lost a very proficient and popular member of the Staff, and also an orphan that we had lovingly reared from just 2 days old. Makosa was now a full grown rhino living wild and free, fully established amongst the wild rhino population of Nairobi National Park. He was 6 years old.


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