The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: MAKENA (foster now)
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10/20/2015 - Makireti, Kasigau and Kilabasi were at the stockade compound early before the orphans were let out. Shortly after the juniors were out they were joined by Makireti’s group. The ex-orphans emerged from east and as soon as Sities spotted them, she ran down trumpeting to meet Wiva. Sities then escorted Wiva up to where she was joined by Kilabasi in being Wiva's escort. Wendi had no problem with that and she allowed them to escort her baby. At the time of leaving for browsing, Sities and Mutara lagged behind with the ex-orphans as they felt they needed to spend more time with Wiva. The keepers persisted on calling Sities and Mutara and eventually they heeded the call and so followed their friends. In the browsing field, Orwa challenged Suguta in a strength testing game while Barsilinga challenged Bomani. Later, Barsilinga settled to browse with Bongo and from time to time Bongo would stretch his trunk and take leaves from Barsilinga’s mouth. It reached a point when Barsilinga could take losing his food no more and left Bongo to go and browse far away. At mud bath time the ex-orphans in the company of fourteen wild bulls reported early before the orphans. A female wild elephant had taken over the responsibility of taking care of Wiva. It appears that the wild female was highly respected by the ex-orphans as she was the only one escorting Wendi and the others followed from a distance. Kanjoro entwined his trunk with Makena in greeting while Ololoo tried to bully Barsilinga by attempting to mount him. Kithaka, who never seems to like crowds, moved a distance away and scratched against some trees and waited for the time of going back to the browsing field. Suguta spent some time playing with Ithumbah. An hour later, the groups parted ways. The juniors settled to browse at Kanziku area while the ex-orphans browsed as they headed towards the stockade; they arrived at stockade in the evening, drank water, then left to undisclosed location.
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