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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8/17/2018 - Soon after Esampu and Mteto finished drinking their milk, they quickly walked down and tried to put their trunks in Namalok's bucket trying to share his milk. Namalok didn’t understand why these little rascals tried to take his milk when he never tries to steal their bottles at all. Namalok complained bitterly to the Keepers, bellowing and asking them why they were allowed to take his milk. The Keepers came quickly and restrained Mteto and Esampu from drinking Namalok's milk. Outside the stockade, Karisa walked straight to the water trough and joined a wild bull that had come for water. Kainuk, who is a true friend to Turkwel, slept outside the stockade on her own as Mutara’s group left to go and search for food. Kainuk joined her friend Turkwel for lucerne when she and the others were let out in the morning.

Out in the bush, Namalok had a brief strength testing exercise with Tusuja while Barsilinga settled to feed with Siangiki. The slow independent Sapalan was feeding a distance away where he was later joined by the limping Enkikwe. At mud bath time, the temperature was moderate. Kainuk escorted her friend Turkwel to get her milk, expecting to perhaps receive some too as remuneration from the Keepers for attending to Turkwel the entire morning. The Keepers did not hear her pleas but thanked her for being there for Turkwel. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse on the western side of the Ithumba Hill until evening, when Maramoja led the first group back to the stockades.

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 Barsilinga with his Keeper Barsilinga in his stockade
Barsilinga with his Keeper
photo taken on 4/16/2012
Barsilinga in his stockade
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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