On 17th March 2017, Robert Carr-Hartley received a phone call from Governor Samuel Tunai of Narok County, the County which the Maasai Mara Reserve falls within. He was calling in regard to reports of an orphaned elephant whose plight had come to his attention.
A team of rangers were tasked to observe the calf to provide security and monitor him over a couple of days. The decomposing carcass of a lactating adult female elephant had been found near the same location three days earlier, so it was concluded this orphaned baby elephant belonged to her. There were other elephants in the area but none of them appeared interested in absorbing the calf into their herds, and being so young he would definitely not be able to survive without milk and protection.
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5 years old
17 March 2019
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 March 2017
Age at Rescue
23 months old (approx)
Umani Springs Reintegration Unit
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