Their arrival proved to be momentous in other ways for the Voi dependent orphans too. Mweya and Edie continued to visit the stockades in the morning almost daily, choosing to then spend the days with the Voi dependent babies. Obviously the Voi orphans were delighted to have tiny orphans in their midst. Bada was so taken with the new babies he would cry and yell out to stay with them if Mweya and Edie tried to move away. Then, after only a few days of socializing with the Voi orphans, Mweya and Edie first managed to secure Bada and Nguvu as part of their little herd, walking off with them into the Park and staying out with them overnight, and after a few more days they managed to recruit Naipoki, Panda Lentili and Mbirikani too, to become nannies and helpful minders for their little babies. They took this duty very seriously, and by the end of the month Nguvu and Naipoki were happy to prove just what good nannies they were by preventing Tahri from playing with Eco.
After losing five of their herd to Mweya and Edie, Kenia and Ndii weren’t too happy to socialize with them anymore and would always walk ‘their’ herd off in a hurry in the opposite direction when the ex-orphans were around. Kenia and Ndii worry about the fate of their leadership and their herd and don’t like to lose any members. Arruba, Ishaq-B and Lentili had to guard little Emoli, while Rorogoi was tasked to guard Pika Pika from walking off with the ex-orphans Edie and Mweya. Edie, Eco, Mweya, Mwitu, Nguvu, Bada, Naipoki, Panda, Lentili and Mbirikani still join the Voi orphans in the morning most of the time and to browse during the day, and only time will tell if they choose to stay with Edie and Mweya indefinitely, but it is huge step for them to leave the compound and spend the majority of their time out in the Park including at night, so we are very happy for these orphans. Edie and Mweya must be very happy to have such doting nannies to help with their babies as well.
Just before Mweya and Edie arrived, the Keepers had been letting Kenia, Ndii, Kihari and Panda out of their stockade during the night so that they could spend time browsing around the compound, but they always returned in the morning to round up their charges.
With Naipoki off supervising Edie and Mweya’s babies, Mbegu is happy to have Pika Pika to herself again and enjoys having this little girl as part of her tight-knit herd. Ndotto and Lasayen have been very much enjoying all the muddy puddles to be found everywhere with the on-going rain in Tsavo, and all the orphans are almost spoilt for choice about where to mud bath on the hot days between rain showers. Rorogoi and Ngilai in particular as well have been enjoying playing in the erosion trenches which are carved out on the side of the hill during the rains. Some of the grass has grown as tall as them in places, and at least now the orphans have plenty of options regarding vegetation as the Park has quite honestly never looked more beautiful. The amount of rain that has fallen has been widespread, causing the Voi River to burst its banks with flood plains everywhere which will only enhance the vegetation growth.