On 14th February 2014. an innocent victim of poaching was brought to our attention, a young elephant calf of around one year old required treatment for a horrendous snare wound, a wound that cut through the joint leaving the baby extremely compromised. His mother remained by his side, and had to be anesthetized too in order for his injury to be treated. The decision was made there and then to give him the benefit of doubt and leave him to try to heal in a wild situation, remaining by his mother’s side.
Our anti-poaching teams' monitored their movements throughout this time checking on his progress, but as the weeks passed it became apparent that his condition was deteriorating. His mother was forced to drop out from their herd, unable to walk any distance in search of food, and the two of them cut a lonely sight as she remained by the side of her ailing calf, who was becoming increasingly more immobile with each new day.
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8 years old
9 March 2015
Tsavo Ecosystem, Taita Ranches
Date of Birth (approximate)
8 March 2014
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
Umani Springs Reintegration Unit
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Mwashoti and Amali
Mwashoti and Murera browsing together
Mwashoti wallowing with Ngasha behind him
Mwashoti, Maktao and Kiombo lying down
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