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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 OLSEKKI  Male  Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Mara Naboisho Conservancy - Maasai Mara  Approximately 12 months  The calf was orphaned after his mother had to be euthanized as she had a severely broken leg  Natural Causes 

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9/25/2018 - The fifteen wild bulls that arrived at the water troughs this morning we joined by Rapsu, Buchuma, Kenze, Kandecha, Chemi Chemi, Kalama, Melia, Tumaren, Zurura and Meibai. The orphans soon settled for their lucerne pellets as soon as they exited the stockades, the ex orphans were very happy to join them and exchanged greeting by entwining trunks and trumpeting. Kandecha, who seemed to have woken up in bad mood, gave the orphans a hard time as he kept pushing them around simply because he wanted to have all the pellets for himself. At last the Keepers had to intervene and put an end to Kandechaís bullying/pestering/harassing. Turkwel started her day with a soil dusting exercise, enticing both Esampu and Mteto to join. They stopped briefly to watch Mundusi lose a strength testing game to Rapsu. The ex orphans decided to accompany the orphans up to the mud bath area and thereafter parted ways. The rebel group consisting of Laragai, Kithaka, Garzi, Lemoyian and Barsilinga left with the ex-orphans and were not seen or heard from until they returned to the stockades around 5pm. In the afternoon, the orphans chose to browse in upper Kalovoto area. Wanjala settled to browse with Kamok as Rapa, Oltaiyoni, Siangiki and Olsekki took a break from browsing and relaxed under a tree. They only resumed browsing much later when the temperatures were more favorable. Galana, Gawa, Sunyei, Siku, Lualeni, Chyulu, Lenana and Ololoo showed up in the evening to quench their thirst at the water troughs, and left soon after.

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 Olsekki surrounded by the other orphans Olsekki out in the bush with the others
Olsekki surrounded by the other orphans
photo taken on 9/1/6478
Olsekki out in the bush with the others
photo taken on 10/14/2014

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: OLSEKKI (foster now)


On the 3rd of September Angela Sheldrick was alerted by Dr. Limo, the KWS Veterinary Officer seconded to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit, about a tragic case reported from the Masai Mara. Dr. Limo and the Mara Veterinary Team were taking their much deserved off days and were else where in the country at the time, but had received a report of an injured female elephant. In their absence the DSWT funded Sky Vets was requested.



What made this case particularly challenging is the injured female had a young milk dependent calf of about a year old. She had been observed for a number of days by the scouts on the ground and it appeared she had a severely broken leg and was virtually immobile as a result. The prognosis was bleak.

The rescue team about to board the plane  The rescue team arrives in the Mara

The mother and calf  The vet prepares


KWS Veterinary Officer Fred Olianga was flown by the DSWT Sky Vet program to the Mara in the company of DSWT Keepers just in case the decision was to euthanize, which is what all reports indicated. The decision would not be taken lightly and would be made once on the ground with the mother anesthetized and when the KWS Veterinary Officer and his assistant could examine her thoroughly and make a full diagnosis and decision.

The keepers watch and wait  The mother is darted

The calf runs away  Examining the injured mother

Sadly the elephant has to be euthanized

It was a very sad day for all concerned as close inspection revealed that her leg was broken with no chance of recovery. She was in extreme pain and virtually immobile as a result of her injuries. The decision sadly was euthanasia and to rescue her milk dependent calf before he fell pray to the Mara predators, and so the DSWT Keepers were called to assist in rescuing the baby.

The calf is captured  Restraining the calf

The restrained calf is prepared for transport  The calf loaded in the pickup to be taken to the plane

The calf offloaded from the vehicle  Loading the calf into the plane

The calf in the plane  Offloading the calf at Wilson

The calf arrives at the Nursery  The calf is placed in the stockade

The calf back on its feet


We estimate the baby bull to be approximately 12 months old. Amazingly once at the Nairobi Nursery despite obviously missing his mother terribly he settled fast and began feeding on milk from a bottle the same day. He tamed down quickly thanks to the comfort of Suswa who was right next door, and just two days later he was able to join the other orphans in the bush. Olsekki has enjoyed the balm of the other elephants and the keepers and only time will heal his emotional scars, but little Olsekki (named after the area he came from) is feeling safe in the company of the others.

The calf ready to charge  Charging

The calf is called Olsekki  Olsekki greeting Suswa

Olsekki having some milk  Olsekki chewing on a branch

Olsekki surrounded by the other orphans  Olsekki between two of the older orphans


The reason for his motherís dramatic fracture remains a mystery.

Olsekki out in the bush with the others  Olsekki out in the bush

Olsekki suckles a keepers fingers

   

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