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The sky was clear when the orphans left the stockade. Karisa the street-wise boy took a few steps then stopped with his trunk up as if checking the whereabouts of Laragaiís group. Karisa could not understand why the two groups of Narok and Laragai have not shown up for two days now. We also did not know whether he had received any information from the search he conducted. At around seven o'clock in the morning, several ex-orphans including Nasalot, baby Nusu, Makena, Yatta, baby Yoyo, Kinna, baby Kama, Mulika, Mwende, Yetu and Makena briefly joined the juniors in Kone area where they had settled to browse. Naseku, who is fond of the young babies, spent some quality time with Kama, Nusu and Yoyo before they left with their group.

Shortly before mud bath time, Karisa sneaked off and disappeared without the keepers knowing. As they gathered the orphans to take them for their milk and mud bath, they realized that Karisa was missing. As they conducted their search, Karisa proved to the keepers how smart he was by showing up at mud bath while some of them were still toiling away in the bush looking for him. Karisa drank his milk and then walked to join his friends who had already gone back to the bush. Pare settled to browse with Roi and they settled down to eat and converse together. The rest of the day was quiet as the keepers kept a close eye on Karisa and Sapalan to make sure they didnít outsmart them again.

Maramoja and Pare browsing

Namalok and Maramoja

Naseku playing with baby Kama


Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Naserian, Lualeni, Lenana, Kilabasi, Sunyei, baby Siku, Makireti, Bongo, Kenze and Chyulu made a brief visit to the stockade early in the morning. When the dependent orphans were let out, Lualeni couldn't understand why one of the orphans had been left behind. She was curious and walked close to the fence to find out. She rumbled and Enkikwe responded and the two had a brief chat as Enkikwe probably explained to Lualeni why he had to stay behind. Lualeni had pity for the young boy and wished him a quick recovery, before slowly following her colleagues who by now had walked away to start their day.

Oltaiyoni had brief chat with baby Gawa before Naseku came in and invited Gawa for a pushing game. Gawa accepted and briefly had a light contest under the watchful eye of Lenana. Maramoja and Dupotto embraced the spirit of sharing and settled to feed on the same shrub, as Tusuja and Wanjala engaged each other in a light pushing game. Later in the day, Enkikwe was visited by Yatta, Kinna, Nasalot, Mulika, Makena, Yetu, Mwende, Nusu, Yoyo and Kama. Makena, who was one of the elephants that rescued Enkikwe, had a brief chat with him, perhaps trying to find out how he is doing now. Wendi stood by listening and watching as well. We think it will take at least another six months for Enkikwe to be able to join his friends out in the wild. Makena and her herd left when they were satisfied Enkikwe was okay.

Lualeni wondering why Enkikwe stayed behind

Gawa playing with Naseku

Enkikwe chatting to the ex-orphans


Soon after leaving the stockade, the orphans were joined by Narok, Orwa, Bomani, Laragaiís group Makena, Loijuk and Naserian. Missing from Laragaiís group was Boromoko, who was last seen with the senior Ex Orphans at the beginning of the month. Makena exchanged morning greetings with Tusuja by entwining their trunks briefly. Shortly later, Naserian led the way to the browsing field where Makena and Oltaiyoni shared the same tree to scratch. Pare, Lemoyian, Roi, Narok, Tusuja, Rapa and Kauro, who rarely takes a bath unless he is forced to do so, had a game of rolling on the ground. The soil was wet following some 10 mm of rain received overnight. Lemoyian brought the game to an end when he started misbehaving by riding on his friends. One of the affected, Tusuja, decided to question Lemoyian on why he was behaving that way. We assumed that Tusuja was annoyed with Lemoyian as while Lemoyian and his group were away, the other orphans had been enjoying more peaceful games. We imagined that he would either like him to stay and behave himself, or go and permanently make a herd in the wild and stop bothering them! Tusuja had brief tussle with Lemoyian before moving on to play with Bomani. Shortly before mud bath time, Naserian, Loijuk and Makena took Laragai and Narokís groups with them. The rest of the afternoon was quiet as the orphans concentrated on browsing.  

Oltaiyoni and Makena scratching

Lemoyian riding Tusuja's back

Bomani and Tusuja playing


Naserian, Loijuk and Makena, who appear to have lost contact with their group, joined the juniors in the morning just outside the stockade. Also present were Narok, Orwa and Bomani. Tusuja, Rapa, Oltaiyoni, Roi, Sapalan and Naseku headed to the water trough to arm themselves with enough water. The weather predicted a hot day a head. Kamok just used her trunk to play with the water instead of drinking, hoping to find some fresh rain water out in the Park left over from the previous rain showers. Shortly later, Maramoja, who has the qualities of a future matriarch when the older girls leaves, set the pace for rest of the group when she rumbled and started heading out to browse. The rest of the herd snaked behind her including Makena, Naserian and Loijuk. Only Orwa remained behind but followed later after completing whatever his unfinished business was in the stockade compound.

Pare settled to feed with Tusuja as Kauro and Sapalan decided to start their day with a soil dusting exercise. Shortly later, Tusuja passed close to where Bomani was feeding. Bomani raised his ears in an attempt to warn Tusuja that he wasn't interested in his childish behaviour of pushing his seniors. Tusuja behaved like a naughty boy and he wasn't intimidated by Bomani's threats. He only looked at Bomani and seemed unmoved, and then he moved on. Roi and Sokotei used the same tree to scratch their bellies. At around ten o'clock in the morning, the weather turned cloudy and the orphans felt a lot cooler. They concentrated mostly on browsing and enjoying the new green shoots from the plants.

Maramoja leading Orphans

Bomani warning Tusuja

Galla kneels to feed


Orwa, Bomani and Narok brought Laragai back at midnight and opted to take a nap just outside the stockades. When the orphans were let out in the morning, Galla headed straight to Bomani to exchange morning greetings by entwining their trunks. Roi had a morning stretching exercise that also attracted Ukame.

Kauro came across a tree stump later that was the right size to scratch his neck on. Roi and Ukame took a break from feeding to soil dust themselves. The temperature was moderate and the orphans concentrated on browsing up until eleven o'clock when they were joined by Ex Orphans Makena, Loijuk and Naserian. Shortly after mud bath time, the three big girls took Laragai and her group with them. In the afternoon, Sapalan, as usual, separated from his friends and was picked up later in the evening on the way back to the stockades.

Galla greeting Bomani

Kauro scratching

Orphans browsing




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