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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7/31/2014 - The elephants were in such an excited mood this morning, it seemed like everyone was either play fighting or chasing someone around a bush. Kithaka and Lemoyian were play fighting together as Barsilinga and Ngasha took on Tundani whilst Nelion was being chased around a tree by Oltaiyoni. The games continued for quite some time until the five little babies arrived, but they too quickly joined in all the fun. It was so beautiful to see such happy elephants as the sun rose over the plains of Nairobi National Park.
Later on in the afternoon we received a phone call from Malindi that the community had found a lone male baby elephant with no sign of its mother or herd in the area. A rescue team from the nursery immediately left for Malindi.
On arrival the elephant calf was waiting at the airstrip; thin but walking and had no obvious wounds. The reason for his separation from his family was not established however, by the look of him, it seemed as though he had been on his own for quite some time. After the elephant was loaded in the plane the team were on their way back to the orphanage and arrived at around 8pm. The young baby settled in quickly, even taking a little bit of milk. Oltaiyoni was in the room next door and as a "matriarch in the making" she really settled the little baby down. The baby, named Arabuko, then fell asleep close to the bars separating her from Oltaiyoni. Soon after, Oltaiyoni did the same and the two slept comfortably alongside one another.

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 Barsilinga with his Keeper Barsilinga playing with the orphans & keepers
Barsilinga with his Keeper
photo taken on 4/16/2012
Barsilinga playing with the orphans & keepers
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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