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 The Rescue of Kithaka - 11/22/2011
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(KITHAKA)

This tiny newborn male calf was orphaned during the morning of 20th November, 2011, apparently left by his mother when she and her herd were chased out of an area of human settlement near the Ruiri outpost in the lower Imenti Forest. The calf wandered into an adjacent village searching for company from whence KWS Rangers rescued him. Due to the terrain and dense forest conditions reuniting him with his herd would prove impossible, and so we were contacted by the Senior Warden Mount Kenya with the news of a rescue. The calf was transported to the Lewa airfield so that the baby could be airlifted from there to the Nairobi Nursery, arriving in torrential rain, well after dark.

Flying over tea plantations en route to the Imenti Forest  En route to Lewa from Nairobi

Lewa Downs  A tiny form on the airstrip

The tiny calf is given some milk before the flight to Nairobi

 

This baby is tiny, no more than, and possibly even less, than a week old on arrival, the hind side of the ears soft and petal pink and the umbilicus newly detached. We hope that he has been able to ingest her first Colostrum milk to trigger his natural immune system. He has been named KITHAKA the Meru word for forest. He is a real character, larger than life and full of attitude and of course is absolutely adored by the older orphans in the Nursery.

Wrapped up safely for the journey  Safely in the plane

Elephant trunk  Protective hands

Peter  Keepers Peter and Sammy

Safely at the nursery  Kithaka being tucked up

Kithaka in his stable  Out in the forest

Kithaka and Sasaab  Kithaka with his Zoom Zoom

   

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