On the 17th of September at 10
On the 17th of September at 10.30pm at night our Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit arrived together with a Kenya Wildlife Service vehicle and rangers with a rescued elephant. This elephant has huge, approximately between 4 – 5 years old, and had been observed for nearly a month on community lands in Kimunye in Kirinyaga County – The community had constantly reported sightings of this elephant, all alone without a herd, but deep in community lands on the slopes of Mount Kenya in recent weeks .
A number of rescue attempts had been made by KWS in that time, but the calf would disappear deep into the forest and proved impossible to catch. Things became desperate when the community threatened to kill the elephant if KWS did not remove it from the cultivated lands, and so the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Meru Veterinary Unit with Dr. Bernard Rono, a seconded KWS Veterinary Officer was called to the scene. After a lengthy wait they managed to dart the calf and load him onto the back of the KWS landcruiser and travel with the calf in the back at night all the way to the Nairobi Nursery. This is a journey that took them close on four hours at night. It had been an extremely challenging rescue, particularly given the location and the size of the elephant. The unexpected nighttime arrival of yet another elephant, this time big, had everybody scratching their heads as the calf had by now been revived, so off loading him was challenging to say the least.