This calf’s story began as gunfire shattered the night air of Kerio Valley. This region is home to about 800 elephants. It is also the scene of long-simmering conflict between the warring Pokot and Marakwet tribes, fuelled by the possession of illegal firearms. This evening, a fight over livestock theft escalated into a volley of bullets. The sounds sent a nearby herd of elephants stampeding in terror. The next morning, in the early hours of 31st August, tribesmen heard a series of elephant squeals. Investigating the noise, they found an abandoned calf, lying on her side in the grasses. There was more to her condition than met the eye, but that would only be revealed later.
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9 months old
31 August 2021
West Pokot, Chesogon
Date of Birth (approximate)
5 January 2021
Age at Rescue
7 months old (approx)
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Sweet little Kerrio
The orphans surrounding Kerrio
Shukuru checking on Kerrio
Larrio and Naleku hugging Kerrio
Kerrio, Naleku, Olorien and Mukkoka
Roho and Mukkoka greeting Kerrio
Larro, Rama, Mukkoka with Kerrio
Mukkoka and Naleku with Kerrio