On 15th May 2014 Angela was given news about a tiny calf needing to be rescued from the Naibunga Conservancy at Ol Lentille. This was a complicated situation as an elephant had killed a woman from the community and had been shot by KWS as a result. The calf had been left behind in the fracas that ensured with the stampeding herd, and any chance of reconciling her with the herd was impossible given the circumstances. The angry community of Kimanjo had set upon the baby in revenge spearing her several times. When she took refuge in the grounds of a nearby school the children began stoning her. Very swiftly the warden of the Naibunga Conservancy came to the calf’s rescue and kept her safe from the community who were baying for her blood in retaliation for recent events.
While in close communications with KWS who were trying to instill calm to a difficult situation the SWT rescue team were sent from Nairobi departing at 3.00pm from Wilson airport. After a one hour flight they arrived on the Ol Lentille airstrip and were immediately collected by a KWS land cruiser and taken to a nearby village where the calf was.
8 years old
15 May 2014
Samburu, Naibunga Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
15 March 2014
Panic separation / stampede
Age at Rescue
2 months old (approx)
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