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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 BALGUDA  Male  Monday, December 5, 2011 Seen by Tour Operators near Kanderi in Tsavo East National Park  About 6-7 months old  Was seen very distressed on his own, our Voi Keepers were called and came to rescue the orphan  Reason Unknown 

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3/23/2016 - As soon as the orphans had settled out in the field early this morning, as usual the older boys started their day with their pushing games. Mwashoti had a busy time playing with Tusuja. Rapa is still attached to Tusuja and when he saw him and Mwashoti challenging each other the little boy came charging up, trumpeting and breaking down bushes alongside the two boys, which encouraged Tusuja to challenge Mwashoti even more. Mwashoti was giving a good fight though and did not give up easily. Rapa continued, running up to the boys with his ears spread wide attempting to throw his trunk at Mwashoti and kick dust at him to confuse him in his fight with Tusuja, but both the boys fully concentrated on their game. Their game took a new turn however when two warthogs sped towards them and tore through the boys game as they chased one another. This frightened away Rapa, Mwashoti and Tusuja who ran away into the bushes rumbling and yelling towards their friends who were busy browsing. Their running did not disturb the other group and the three boys turned around again to run back to where the warthogs had run past them, charging and kicking and knocking down bushes. They spent a few minutes doing this before calming down and returning to join the others.

During public viewing the orphans all had a busy time cooling down their body temperate as it was a very hot day, beyond the normal temperature. Even those like Kauro, Kamok, Balguda and Murit who normally do not like to mud bathe are these days some of the first babies into the mud pool! Pea and Pod are also enjoying frequent soil baths unlike before, in order to beat the heat of the day.

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 Balguda Amos feeding Balguda
Balguda
photo taken on 5/7/2012
Amos feeding Balguda
photo taken on 5/7/2012

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: BALGUDA (foster now)


A male calf, aged approximately 6-7 months old was first sighted by visitors wandering on his own below Aruba Dam in Tsavo East National Park. The calf was crying out, clearly distressed, in fact it was the calf's cries that first alerted visitors that something was seriously wrong. The visitors spent some time watching the desperate baby, and it was evident the calf was obviously abandoned and extremely vulnerable with no other elephants in the area. There was also and a pride of lions fairly close by.

The presence of the calf was reported to KWS and our Voi Elephant Keepers who rescued him at dusk on Friday 20th April 2012 just as it was growing dark. While the they could hear the baby's cries it took them close on an hour to actually locate the calf deep in the undergrowth. The orphan spent the first night at the Voi Stockades, pampered by the older orphans based there who made a great fuss of the tiny new arrival. He relaxed and settled down immediately, relieved to find his own kind once more.

The next morning, Saturday 21st April 2012, he was flown to the Nairobi Nursery. On arrival, having taken his milk well, and appearing strong despite being thin, he was allowed out to join the 20 other Nursery elephants that same afternoon and adjustments were made to the sleeping arrangements. He was given the name “Balguda”- the name of an area in the Park near to where he was rescued.

The Keepers boarding the rescue plane  Scenes from the plane

Scenes from below during the flight  The Keepers arrive at the Voi airstrip

The orphan feeds before the flight  The Keepers feed the orphan milk

The orphan is put on a mattress for the flight  The Keepers prepare the calf for the flight to Nairobi

The orphan on the rescue blanket  The orphan in the plane

Scenes from the plane  Off loading the orphan from the rescue plane

The orphan arrives at the Nursery  Balguda in his stable

Amos feeding Balguda



All went well when the new orphan first joined the resident Nursery elephants. He was welcomed very warmly by all the older females, until Ishanga decided to try and hijack the calf and have him all to herself. She approached him gently, lavished him with warmth and love and just when she had his undivided attention suddenly, as though fearful of something, rushed off at speed into the bush closely followed by the calf and another relative newcomer “Kanjoro”. A massive search for the truants ensued, which lasted a couple of anxious hours, until they were found and rounded up several kilometers away. This is the second time that Ishanga has tried trick like this with a new baby!

The calf's stools were black indicating that he had been alone for a while, and in desperation had been eating mud and dirt. After a couple of days he developed serious diarrhea and we were forced to give him a course of antibiotics which thankfully he responded to immediately. Despite having lost some condition he is now doing well, and is a dear little chap, a real favorite amongst the Keepers for his warm friendly nature, seemingly delighted to have an elephant family once more.

Balguda  Balguda

Balguda with Makireti  Balguda and Basilinga

   

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