Aitong is an elephant from the Masai Mara population of elephants, orphaned early in November 1994 when she was approximately just 2 weeks old. She takes her name from the area where she was found staggering around in circles having obviously suffered a head injury, probably during a stampede when her family fled from poachers. When first seen, she was still surrounded by her confused elephant family who for the next three days desperately tried to get the brain damaged infant, who could only walk in circles, to follow. In the end, they had to give up and leave her, by which time she was in a near dead state of total collapse. Fortunately, it was a Veterinarian who rescued her and who was able to administer rehydration through a tube inserted down her throat directly into her stomach, which undoubtedly saved her life.
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24 years old
1 November 1994
Masai Mara, Aitong
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 November 1994
Age at Rescue
0 weeks old (approx)
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Aitong, Tsavo, weetsally and morani drinking wat
Aitong at a waterhole
A keeper monitoring Aitong's group
Aitong & Moran
Aitong takes a little rest
Aitong, Laikipia and a wild boy
Salama and Aitong