The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: MARALAL
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10/16/2015 - Early in the morning, the orphans left their stockades in a playful mood. Big and small, they all scampered out charging and trumpeting around; Mashariki, Arruba, Suswa and Embu approached the bushes and bashed them around, welcoming the new day and showing off their strength too. When they usually show off like this in such a happy way, it is an indication of a new baby elephant to come into the nursery. This came true when at 1:30pm the office received a report of a rescue from Maralal in Samburu. The KWS station there reported an elephant calf that had been spotted down a well by Ngoteiya Conservancy Scouts at around 6am when they were out on their patrols. At 10:30 the calf was rescued by KWS personnel together with the Conservancy Scouts and towards 4pm the calf was airlifted to Nairobi and driven to the Nusery. The calf arrived safely and with relatively good health since it had no injuries. He had a good response to his human family and took his milk well too. The calf is a young female with an approximate age of 2-3 months and we have named her Tamiyoi from the area she was found. On arriving back at the nursery it was Mbegu the baby lover who was the first to react and start shouting to meet the new baby, but it was already too late in the day to get a chance. She remained unsettled for some time, annoyed at missing the opportunity – but soon she settled down and went to her stockade, eager for the next day to arrive.
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