The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: BARSILINGA  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 BARSILINGA  Male  Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Found near Wamba area, next to his dying mother  Approximately 2 weeks old  His mother had to be euthanized as her wounds were too severe for recovery  Poaching 

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10/29/2017 - After leaving the stockade early in the morning, the orphans were joined by Rapsu to feed on lucerne as six bulls kept themselves busy drinking water at the stockade water troughs. Shortly later, one of the wild bulls joined the juniors for some lucerne. When the orphans were through with the lucerne, Shukuru led the way out followed by Kithaka as the rest of the herd followed behind. The weather was cool following light showers overnight. Lemoyian and Kithaka had a warm up exercise by pushing each other. Sokotei tackled Enkikwe, a game that didn't last for long as Kithaka withdrew playing with Lemoyian and came to disrupt their game by attempting to ride on Enkikwe. The no nonsense and quiet Siangiki spent some time scratching her belly on a fallen tree. Siangiki is both feared and respected by the other junior boys as she can hold her own in their company. Like Laragai, who is very quick in action and stings like a bee whenever she is fighting the boys, Siangiki is very brave.

Later Sokotei gauged his strength by engaging Garzi in a pushing game that soon ended when Sokotei surrendered. At eleven o'clock in the morning, Oltaiyoni, the most disciplined orphan when it comes to milk feeding, stood to the side waiting for her friends to finish their milk before stepping forward for hers. Unlike the other orphans who can't wait in line when it comes to milk, Oltaiyoni always waits for the area to clear and the keeper to signal before stepping forward for her bottle. Five bulls attended the mud bath as the orphans drank their milk and then some water before going back out to browse. In the afternoon, Kithaka played with Barsilinga while Boromoko played with Tusuja.

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 Barsilinga with his Keeper Barsilinga in his stockade
Barsilinga with his Keeper
photo taken on 4/16/2012
Barsilinga in his stockade
photo taken on 4/16/2012

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: BARSILINGA (foster now)


Gunshots were heard during the evening of 13th April 2012 by the community of the Lpus-La-Mpasion area near Wamba in the Samburu tribal area of Northern Kenya. The next morning a severely wounded female Elephant, with a calf at foot, was spotted in the area. Bullet wounds in the chest area and front legs had rendered her barely able to even move, yet another victim of the ivory trade and a grizzly reminder of the suffering attached to each piece of ivory that is bought or sold. The mother's end was a painful one, full of suffering, and her calf would have been a victim too had he not been one of the lucky few rescued.



The matter was reported to a KWS patrol within the area. They summoned the KWS Vet, Dr. Mutinda, who travelled to the scene to assess the injured mother. It turned out that the female elephant’s wounds were too severe for any hope of recovery. Having reported the matter to the Nairobi KWS Headquarters, it was decided that the mother be euthanized and her calf saved and sent to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park. The calf had its last feed of mother’s milk at 9 a.m. before the mother was later laid to rest.

By 1.30 p.m. the DSWT Rescue Team landed at the nearby Kisima Airstrip and waited for the arrival of the KWS ground team with the young baby. KWS had a good distance to travel to bring the rescued calf to the closest airstrip and arrived about 30 minutes later with him loaded in the back of a landcruiser pickup, closely held by the rangers. After our keepers checked on his condition he was loaded into the aircraft in order to be airlifted back to the Nursery, arriving in the afternoon.

The rescue Team arrives at Wamba  The orphan ins off loaded from the vehicle

The Keepers handling the orphan once he is off the rescue vehicle  The orphan is given milk & re-hydration

The Keepers prepare the orphan for the flight to Nairobi  The KWS Rangers who helped rescue the orphan pose for a picture before the baby is flown to the Nursery

The baby on the rescue plane


The orphan is prepared for the flight to the Nursery Unit  Scenes from the return flight

Little Barsilinga having a milk feed  The orphan arrives at the Nursery

The baby was in good condition, approximately two weeks old, a tiny bull still pink behind the ears. He was given the name “Barsilinga” after the area close to where his mother met her grizzly end just weeks after giving life to this precious baby.

Barsilinga in his stockade  Barsilinga with his Keeper


Barsilinga playing with the orphans & keepers  Barsilinga running!

Barsilinga getting love from everyone  Barsilinga with Mishak

Basilinga following the Keepers

   

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