Today is the day that the three big girls – Suguta, Tumaren and Melia – are due to leave the Nursery for Ithumba. The Keepers on Night Duty were up at 2.30 a.m. to ensure that everything was in place for the long journey. Loading began just after 3 a.m. First to be directed to the truck following the milk bottle was Melia, who was hesitant about actually going in. Suguta and Tumaren followed and went in easily to take their milk, but then noticed that Melia was reluctant, and came out again. All three then had to be persuaded to go back in, which took a little time, but finally the truck pulled out of the yard at 4.20 a.m. and was on its way to Ithumba.
Mutara and Tano in the lead
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