There was gentle rain during the night, so the Orphans enjoyed the wet conditions. Kihari, Kasigau, Rombo and Dabassa were led deeper into the forest by Ishanga, who likes to have them to herself. Naipoki and Tano remained close to the Keepers, while the other orphans browsed with Mutara and Shukuru. Suddenly, Ishanga and her group came sprinting back to the Keepers, their tails in the air, and this triggered a general stampede. The Keepers gathered the group together, having learnt that it had been gunshots fired in the air to subdue striking Catholic University students that had frightened the elephants.
Then the report came in about the baby elephant with an injured leg near the Tana River Delta in Ijara district, so the Rescue team left at 11.30 a.m. heading for Masalani airstrip in the North. It so happened that a torrential downpour interrupted the Rescue, so the plane had to return empty-handed to Nairobi leaving the Rescue team behind who spent the night in the remote village of Ijara, first having had to spend several hours trying to extract the vehicle that came to pick them up out of mud.
Dabassa trunk raised
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