On the 25th of September a tiny calf was retrieved from a well on the Namunyak conservancy in Samburu by the community rangers. He had obviously fallen down this community dug well meant specifically for livestock but so often frequented by the thirsty elephant herds under the cover of darkness in the dry season months. Little elephant calves at this time become increasingly vulnerable and slip in. Because of the human presence the elephant herds disappear at daybreak to avoid human wildlife conflict and in this case are faced with the simply heartbreaking decision of walking away from their forsaken calf.
6 years old
26 September 2014
Samburu, Namunyak Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
26 August 2014
Trapped in a well
Age at Rescue
1 month old (approx)
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Mbegu resting on Lasayen's back
Mbegu, Lasayen, Murit and Sagala
Lasayen and Godoma
Sagala left and Lasayen
Lasayen and Godoma at mud bath
Lasayen reaching for a twig
Lasayen and Emoli under a small tree