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The morning started off a bit chilly, as the orphans exited the stockades to greet little wild born baby Lulu. Lualeni arrived around 7pm yesterday evening with her baby and thought it wise to spend the night close to the stockades as she understands the dangers that are faced when you have a newborn calf. It started to drizzle as Lualeni, Lulu, Galana, Gawa, Sunyei, Siku, Lenana and Chyulu settled for lucerne pellets with the orphans. Lulu had the toughest and strictest nannies in Chyulu and Lenana who provided the much needed security for the newborn baby. The orphans didn't even get a chance to say hello to Lulu, they only sniffed her at a distance and managed a little wave. Shortly after, Galana and Sunyei left and twenty minutes later, Lualeni, with her security team followed and weren’t seen for the rest of the day. At the browsing field, Sapalan and Enkikwe understood that they were birds of the same feather since they couldn't walk fast like their colleagues and so settled together for browsing. Namalok came across a suitable rock that he used to scratch his buttocks while Esampu teamed up with Maramoja in browsing. At 11am, Karisa and Mundusi raced each other to see who would get to the milk first. Mundusi who is lighter in weight managed to beat Karisa at the race. This didn't go down too well with Karisa, as soon as the two finished their milk, Karisa tried to attack Mundusi. The Keepers intervened and warned Karisa to behave himself. The temperatures were still low and so none of the orphans dared to step into the bathing water and no wild elephants or ex-orphans turned up at the mud bath that day. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at upper Kalovoto area and in the evening returned safely back to the stockade.  

Lualeni and Lulu at the stockade

Lualeni Lulu and Chyulu

Sapalan and Enkikwe browse together


Galana and her small group of Gawa, Sunyei, Siku, Lualeni, Chyulu, Lenana and Ololoo joined the orphans for lucerne pellets this morning. Also present were Tomboi, Rapsu, Taita, Orwa, Narok, Bomani and Kainuk. It seems that Kainuk has left Mutara’s group and joined Narok’s, since Kainuk’s only friend Turkwel who was in Mutara’s group, is recuperating at the stockade hospital after the lion attack. Siku happened to pass behind Narok but was startled to get a back kick from Narok that nearly sent her stumbling. Siku, a little bewildered, wondered what crime she had committed that warranted such treatment from Narok. As she pondered on what to do next, Narok threw another kick that missed Siku by a few inches. It was only then Siku decided to get out of Narok’s way and find some safety with Esampu. Esampu was enjoying her lucerne pellets and wasn't too happy at the thought of having to share her pile of pellets with Siku and drove away the little baby. Siku ran to the safety of her mother. Gawa followed her and placed her trunk on Siku’s back for comfort. The ex-orphans and the rebel group parted ways with juniors soon after leaving the stockade compound. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by thirty wild bulls. After mud bath, the orphans led by Naseku settled for soil dusting before Kamok and Dupotto led the way back to the browsing field. In the evening twenty five wild bulls arrived at the stockade water troughs whilst the rebels were seen reporting back at stockade at 10pm and were ushered in by the Keepers on night duty. 

Orwa and Kamok at the stockades

Narok giving Siku a back kick

Mundusi ready to start the day


The fifteen wild bulls that arrived at the water troughs this morning we joined by Rapsu, Buchuma, Kenze, Kandecha, Chemi Chemi, Kalama, Melia, Tumaren, Zurura and Meibai. The orphans soon settled for their lucerne pellets as soon as they exited the stockades, the ex orphans were very happy to join them and exchanged greeting by entwining trunks and trumpeting. Kandecha, who seemed to have woken up in bad mood, gave the orphans a hard time as he kept pushing them around simply because he wanted to have all the pellets for himself. At last the Keepers had to intervene and put an end to Kandecha’s bullying/pestering/harassing. Turkwel started her day with a soil dusting exercise, enticing both Esampu and Mteto to join. They stopped briefly to watch Mundusi lose a strength testing game to Rapsu. The ex orphans decided to accompany the orphans up to the mud bath area and thereafter parted ways. The rebel group consisting of Laragai, Kithaka, Garzi, Lemoyian and Barsilinga left with the ex-orphans and were not seen or heard from until they returned to the stockades around 5pm. In the afternoon, the orphans chose to browse in upper Kalovoto area. Wanjala settled to browse with Kamok as Rapa, Oltaiyoni, Siangiki and Olsekki took a break from browsing and relaxed under a tree. They only resumed browsing much later when the temperatures were more favorable. Galana, Gawa, Sunyei, Siku, Lualeni, Chyulu, Lenana and Ololoo showed up in the evening to quench their thirst at the water troughs, and left soon after.  

Rapsu resting his trunk on his tusk

Turkwel dusting

Chemi Chemi at the mud bath area


Galana’s group consisting of Galana, Gawa, Sunyei, Siku, Lualeni, Chyulu, Meibai, Vuria and Lenana, accompanied by a wild herd, showed up at the stockades early in the morning. Karisa, with a branch in his mouth, led the way out of the stockades. Esampu walked down to the water trough and joined the wild herd to drink water. A wild calf the size of Esampu tried to bully Esampu by pushing her away from the water trough. The smart Esampu retreated towards the orphans, pretending that she was surrendering, but in actual fact she wanted the calf to follow her for she knew her friends would discipline the calf! Mundusi saw what was happening and waited for the wild calf to move away from the main herd and the moment the calf drew close enough Mundusi stroke and punished the calf for bullying his adopted sister. Later the calf met with Laragai and Galla and they both drove the calf away too.
Out in the bush, the slow and independent Sapalan took a break from feeding to scratch his belly against some shrubs. Namalok had a light strength testing exercise with Roi while Siangiki settled to browse with Naseku and they all rumbled amongst themselves, perhaps wondering where they might be able to find some nice vegetation. At mud bath time, the orphans had a spectacular time wallowing without any interruptions as no wild elephants showed up today. After wallowing, the orphans participated in a soil dusting exercise where Karisa attempted to ride on Mteto. Later in the afternoon the temperature became unbearable making the orphans take a break from feeding to relax under a tree. They later resumed browsing when it was cooler again.

Sapalan scratching his belly

Roi engaging Namalok

Ukame having her milk


The rebel group of Laragai, Kithaka, Garzi and Lemoyian, who left with Makireti and Kilabasi the previous day and spent the night out, reported back in the morning. It was a tense night as the Keepers waited for them to turn up as usual but when they failed to do so they became worried. We were very relieved to see them this morning. This rebellious group totally refuses to be controlled by the Keepers and gave the Keepers a long night as the lions had been heard in the area and are a real threat to the lives of the young orphans. The group joined Sunyei, Siku, Lualeni, Chyulu, Meibai, Lenana, Galana, Gawa and Vuria who had arrived earlier in the company of twenty eight wild elephants. Shortly later, Melia, Tumaren, Naisula, Kitirua, Murka and Kalama arrived without Chemi Chemi. Meibai, Naisula and Kitirua decided to take a few minutes to have a rest and take a nap in the compound where they were sure of maximum security.
Out in the bush, Siangiki, Olsekki, Turkwel and Barsilinga summoned Laragai, Garzi, Kithaka and Lemoyian and rumbled at them, perhaps scolding them for spending the night out when all the elephants know it is dangerous at the moment. Laragai, Lemoyian and Garzi ignored them and just walked away. Only Kithaka stayed with them and perhaps this was a sign that he was sorry. Chemi Chemi, who was missing from this group in the morning, joined the orphans on the way to the mud bath. The mud bath was flooded by thirty wild elephants that made it difficult for the orphans to have their wallowing session. They just had their milk bottles and walked over to enjoy wallowing in the second smaller mud bath. In the afternoon, Melia’s group joined the orphans in the upper Kalovoto area and they all browsed together for the rest of the day.

Siku with Lenana

Murka and Kitirua

Naisula Kitirua and Meibai have a nap




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