On the 28th September, whilst on the way to inspect the Aruba borehole with the Mobile Veterinary Unit, an alert came of an orphaned elephant from the Rangers at the Buchuma Entrance Gate to Tsavo East on the Mombasa road. We immediately drove there and discovered that the calf had fallen into a Pipeline Manhole comprised of two compartments, each about 4 ft x 31/2 ft and 4 ½ ft. deep, covered by a single concrete slab. The tanks could be accessed through an opening of about 2 sq. ft., one holding water, and the other just oozing water. Fortunately, the calf was trapped in the drier compartment, otherwise it would have drowned having been trapped head downwards. The calf was small - only about 4 – 6 months old, so Nairobi was alerted, and a rescue team consisting of Keepers and De-Snarers was mobilized from Voi.
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20 years old
28 September 2003
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 May 2003
Man-made cause for separation
Age at Rescue
4 months old (approx)
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Buchuma arriving in the morning
Buchuma visits the orphans
Buchuma towering over the orphans
Buchuma enjoying Lucerne
Buchuma and Tomboi