On 4th July 2018, a group was on a game drive in Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the Mara. They were watching a pride of Lions, an exciting and most welcome sight on safari, when they spotted something amiss: a tiny elephant calf, alone and wandering precariously close to the pride. She was skirting in and out of the bush, but as soon as the lions felt compelled, she would have made very easy prey.
The group alerted Porini Cheetah Camp, who sent out a party to locate the calf and ascertain if she was indeed an orphan. In the meantime a lactating female elephant was found dead, still with her tusks, very close to where the baby was first sighted. When the calf was relocated she was found trailing three adult bulls. While they were much better company than the lions, they could not provide the milk such a young baby needs to survive.
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5 years old
4 July 2018
Maasai Mara, Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
28 June 2018
Age at Rescue
0 weeks old (approx)
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