When undertaking the rearing of infant elephant babies, one must expect heartbreaks aplenty and we have certainly had our fair share of those over the years
When undertaking the rearing of infant elephant babies, one must expect heartbreaks aplenty and we have certainly had our fair share of those over the years. The loss of tiny Lorian, who came to us on the 25th June, 2012, as a plump little calf estimated to be about 2 weeks old, trusting and devoid of fear, has been an extremely painful heartbreak, wondering what we possibly could have done differently to have avoided it.
Upon arrival his umbilicus was not present and there was evidence of wear on the pads of his tiny feet . It never even occurred to us that he might not have been able to ingest his mothers first Colostrum milk for we estimated his age to be about 2 weeks, and he could not have survived two weeks without milk, and especially his mothers first milk containing the vital antibodies a newborn needs to cope with life on earth. A post-mortem undertaken on his body has confirmed the likelihood that he was a colostrum deficient victim and that is what now haunts us.
And so, we win some, and we also lose some and with every loss there is deep sadness and a sickening sense of failure all over again, despite the lessons of 50 years practical experience.