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<<--  Entry for:  October   8, 2017  -->>

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Kibwezi Forest/Umani Springs Unit  October   8, 2017 In the morning Murera picked up the scent of wild elephant dung which was found on the paths leading the Umani water springs. Sonje and Murera both touched the dung with their trunks after which Sonje put her trunk into Murera’s mouth. The orphans continued to the water springs while Murera seemed to have a different idea and turned around. Quanza was enjoying scratching her buttocks and neck together with the babies when Ziwa came along and tried to push the babies away. Quanza was having none of Ziwa’s antics and made sure to move Ziwa away to wait his turn.

While out browsing some crane birds flew out of the trees giving the orphans a fright. Mwashoti seemed to get the biggest fright of all and started charging around as he was unsure of what it was that was flying above him, as all he could hear was the flapping of wings. The keepers managed to gather the orphans back into a group and they calmed down and continued with their browsing activities.

When the orphans arrived at the waterhole for their milk feed they found some big elephants enjoying the dustbath. The orphans were in awe of their big peers and kept their distance as they were so much smaller than the wild elephants and did not want to risk getting hurt; even Jasiri and Sonje stayed away.

Sonje waiting for Mwashoti

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