My Region: US
Mukutan’s story began in a swathe of maize. For 24 hours, a lone baby elephant had been seen in a field bordering Laikipia Nature Conservancy, furtively darting between rows of corn. He looked terrified, in poor condition, and far too young to be by himself.
We can’t be sure how Mukutan came to be orphaned, but human-wildlife conflict was the likely culprit. We suspect it was a scenario we have seen played out time and again: The elephant herd left the conservancy and, in search of sustenance, raided the bordering maize fields. The community chased them away, and in the ensuing mayhem, the young calf was left behind. Another possibility is that his mother died and he wandered into community lands.
While humans may have been the root cause of his predicament, it was the community who reported the orphan’s plight, which is a very positive sign. The Laikipia warden sent KWS rangers there to confirm the reports, and we were sent photos of the calf to determine how to proceed with the rescue.
2 years old
4 November 2021
Laikipia, Laikipia Nature Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
9 April 2020
Age at Rescue
18 months old (approx)
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Mukutan in the mud bath