This tiny calf was first observed by a film crew on the plains of the Maasai Mara and after hours of observation it became clear to them that something was definitely not as it should be, as the calf was very weak, and appeared a stranger to the herd. While the herd he was trailing were certainly curious of him, with one female in particular paying special attention, there were no lactating females present in the herd, and soon they left him behind while they moved on with their browsing. It was at this point the film crew first alerted the authorities and Warren Samuels called Angela and sent through photographs of the baby suspecting he was an orphan and might require rescuing.
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3 years old
14 January 2017
Masai Mara, Masai Mara National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
3 December 2016
Age at Rescue
1 month old (approx)
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Musiara and Maktao pulling each other trunks
Maktao and Musiara pushing at each other
Dololo, Tagwa, Nabulu and Musiara all mud bathing
Musiara, Maisha and the Nursery herd
Musiara being playful at the mud bath
Musiara and Kiasa being playful at the mud bath
Musiara and Luggard out on the rocks
Musiara and Maktao wrestling