On the 15th of June, Nick Trent, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Chief pilot, was flying back from Lamu to the Trust's Kaluku headquarters. He observed in Tsavo East National Park while flying along the Galana River a number of elephants in or on the waters edge. Nick noticed one female spraying water excessively on her head, and instinctively felt that something was wrong so circled to take a second and more closer look.
It was late in the evening, too late to respond, so Nick planned together with KWS that the KWS/DSWT Mobile Veterinary Unit, headed by Dr. Poghon, would meet with him early the next morning. Today, the morning of the 16th of June, after two hours of searching for her from the air Nick finally caught up with her 5 kms away from where she was seen the previous day. He landed on a nearby road and waited for Dr. Poghon and the team, and together they drove off road to the location where the elephant was spotted from the air.