The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: KAMOK  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KAMOK  Female  Saturday, September 7, 2013 Ol Pejeta Conservancy Laikipia  1 day  Walked into Kiparo Boma on Ol Pejeta Conservancy  Natural Causes 

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10/30/2017 - Soon after leaving the stockade, Shukuru and Kamok kept themselves busy by scratching on nearby rocks while Sirimon played with Sokotei as they waited for the distribution of lucerne. Half Trunk with a group of five wild bulls were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when one of the bulls grew curious and came to see what the orphans were up to; he must have been new in the area as he seemed to want to understand why these young elephants, all of difference sizes, had converged in one place and were picking things from the ground. The bull joined the orphans and to his surprise the orphans were enjoying feeding on something very nice. The bull stayed with the orphans until everything was finished and only then the bull returned to his friends and probably boasted about his delicious heavy breakfast. The orphans headed to Kanziku area where they had a quiet morning browsing without any major observation.

After mud bath time, the orphans settled to browse in the upper Kalovoto area where Karisa had a brief chat with Enkikwe. The conversation went on for quite some time. This was unusual as Karisa always tries to keep distance from the big boys for fear of being bullied. Later the keepers discovered that Karisa was planning to escape with Enkikwe, but Enkikwe had declined. Karisa had decided to wonder off alone when the keepers that Karisa was missing. Karisa had already disappeared with Dupotto and Kelelari in the past and a search was mounted immediately. To the keepersí surprise, Karisa was found nearly a kilometer away from his friends, heading east!

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 Kamok Sweet Kamok
Kamok
photo taken on 9/15/2013
Sweet Kamok
photo taken on 9/15/2013

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KAMOK (foster now)


Early morning on Sunday the 8th September Angela Sheldrick received a call from Batian Craig about a new born calf that had apparently walked into Kiparo Boma on Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia. The calf was new born, very unstable on her legs, and in search of food and comfort. The mystery was that no elephants remained in the area.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust immediately mobilized a rescue team and flew to Ol Pejeta, a 40 minute flight from Nairobi. The calf was already waiting for the rescue team on the Ol Pejeta airfield having been transported there from Kiparo boma by Ol Pejeta Scouts. The DSWT Keepers immediately gave the hungry baby a bottle of milk and then prepared her for the journey home, ensuring that she was placed on a drip for the duration of the flight to boost her strength further.

The calf is given some rehydration fluid  The tiny calf with the keepers and her rescuers

At the airstrip before flying to Nairobi


On arrival at the Nursery it was clear that her limbs were compromised, with her joints not as strong as they should be, and we think this is the reason her mother and herd had abandoned her as she simply would not have been able to keep up with the herd. These difficult decisions have to be made in the wild and a herd cannot be encumbered by anything that may compromise the safety of the family as a whole in these difficult times. New born elephant calves need to be capable of traveling over 20 km just 24 hours after birth. We have seen this graphically illustrated with our ex orphans now living wild lives and have marveled at just want is expected from a newborn infant while observing their wild born babies. They have also taken them just days old deep into the waterhole and we have observed little Yetu just two days old completely out of her depth swimming across a filled waterhole.

Kamok standing in the doorway of her stockade  Kamok with Dame Daphne

Little Kamok  Kamok seeks comfort from her keeper



We called this calf Kamok, a name taken from Ol Pejeta Ranch. Given that her umbilical cord remained soft and fresh, and the pads on her feet where clean and hardly used and her ears petal pink we took the precaution of assuming this calf had never received her mothers colostrums and transfused plasma from a full grown healthy elephant into her tiny body to ensure she had some natural antibodies. This happened while she slept on a mattress covered in a blanket and slept, exhausted from her ordeal. On waking she took to her milk bottle immediately and followed trustingly all those around her. Very soon she latched onto her Keepers and security blanket that all infant baby elephants seem to love and get so much comfort from just like human babies. Her wobbly joints have thankfully grown stronger over time and she is now able to walk long distances following her Keepers.

Kamok having some milk in her stockade  Kamok playing with the blankets

Kamok getting ready for bed  Kamok lying down

Kamok sleeping


She joins the other orphans for periods of time, but while she loves their company she still prefers the company of her elephant Keepers at this early stage. She is extremely playful and loves play in the sand and red earth, and is curiously exploring everything around her as she learns to get better control of her tiny little trunk. She has started to do playful baby mock charges, and is simply enchanting, and all those who meet her fall completely and helplessly in love.

Kamok  Sweet Kamok

Kamok gets some love from Adan  Kamok running

   

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