Mayan’s is a story we have waited some time to tell. He ranks as one of our miracle babies, if not the miracle baby. Saving him was a saga in every sense of the word, punctuated by great peaks and dire troughs. For much of his infancy, we faced a daily struggle to keep him alive.
It began on 5th December 2018, when KWS received a call from Manyani Prison. During their morning rounds, the guards had found an infant elephant calf at the bottom of the prison septic tank. His tiny body was completely submerged, with only his trunk poking above the sewage like a desperate snorkel.
We can only imagine his family’s anguish with any attempts to extract him simply impossible, but this was an unfriendly environment for elephants, and they were ultimately forced to leave him behind.
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5 years old
5 December 2018
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 November 2018
Trapped in septic pit
Age at Rescue
2 weeks old (approx)
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