Kandecha who is very greedy for his milk ran back in the evening to where the orphans were usually fed during the training process of the three Big Girls and was surprised to see that the truck was no longer in position and that the Keepers had taken the elephants’ milk ration to their respective stables! Throughout the day Olare took control, paying particular attention to Sities. The only Nursery member that behaved unusually was Kibo, who has known Suguta longest and who began crying, rumbling and trying to tear down the canvas awning of his Stockade. This surprised us, because he has never appeared to be very close to any of the Big Girls, focusing all his attention on Kandecha, who is his sparring partner. Melia had been his Stockade neighbour for just a few weeks, and the fact that she was no longer there obviously upset him greatly. He also noticed the absence of the three at the mudbath hour, when he went running around crying for them.
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