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 The rescue of Tumaren - 7/22/2009
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5pm on the 20th of July brought a call for Kerry Glen of TUMAREN Ranch in Laikipia that a baby elephant had been seen by a dying mother, with no other elephants around.  The mother elephant appeared paralyzed, possibly poisoned, but the reason remains uncertain.

Tumaren next to her dying mother  Tumaren lays her trunk on her mother

The calf in the rescue vehicle  Tumaren in a room at the ranch


The decision was made to capture the calf, since the mother was obviously beyond recovery.  Kerry Glen and Jamie Christian, along with the ranch workers captured the calf, fearing that it would not survive the death of its mother, since predators were prevalent on the ranch.   It was taken to their home, where Jamie remained near the calf in an adjoining room all night, and the mother was euthanased.  It was a sleepless and very disturbed ordeal, because the distraught baby, cried all night for her mother, and even tried desperately to climb through a window.

The rescue vehicle  The calf upon arrival at the airstip in the rescue vehicle

The keepers asses the calf's condition  The keepers give the calf anti-biotic injection

The keepers prepare the calf's matress for the flight  Lifting the calf into the rescue plane


Following phone calls to KWS personnel, the calf was flown to the Nairobi Nursery on the 21st July 2009 arriving at noon.  She was still strong and aggressive (a good sign denoting the will to live and the reserves to make an effort), but she soon calmed down once the other Nursery elephants were brought in to impart hope and encouragement.  The other orphans gave her a warm welcome, and immediately she responded, turning into a very affectionate member of the herd, calm and friendly to both her elephant orphan peers and their human family.

The calf is loaded into the rescue plane  The calf during the flight

Off loading the calf from the plane  Leaving Wilson airport

Off loading the calf  The keepers off load the calf into a stockade


We named the new arrival “TUMAREN” to denote her origin.  She is +/- 10 months old and becomes the 22nd member of our Nursery herd of mini orphans ever partaking of the mudbath along with the others.  An enchanting addition to the group, popular with the other elephant orphans as well as her human admirers.

Tumaren upon arrival at the Nursery  Tumaren is untied and released from the travelling ropes

Tumaren sniffing  Tumaren upon arrival at the Nursery

Tumaren is almost immedaitely calmed by the orphans

Kenia reaches in to greet Tumaren  Kenia comforting Tumren upon thier first meeting

Tumaren in the bush with the herd  Tumaren in the bush with the orphans


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