On the very peak of the Ndoto Mountains, in Kenya’s remote Northern Frontier District, a tiny newborn baby elephant was found confused, alone and scared in a throng of sheep and goats. This little calf had evidently become mixed up in the nomadic Samburu tribesmen’s livestock soon after he was born. It is probably that the human presence is what frightened his mother leaving the abandoned calf mixed up in the livestock. The traditional Samburu pastoralists here live in an extremely isolated and inaccessible area of Kenya, a beautiful and majestic landscape. Despite many of the Samburu people being sympathetic and use to living this life of coexistence between man, their livestock and the wild animals, sometimes human wildlife conflict can unintentionally create these kinds of tragedies.
This tiny baby was born that day as the Samburu herdsmen came across the fetal matter. The elephants had by this time scattered and were nowhere to be seen when the shocked tribesmen found a baby elephant amidst his flock. They guided the baby back to the safety of their Samburu ‘boma’ (homestead) on the evening of Tuesday 5th August. The calf’s umbilical cord was still fresh, his ears still pink and his weak legs still learning how to walk, yet without his mother to guide him he merely followed what he thought was his family, too young to know any different.
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9 years old
7 August 2014
Samburu, Ndoto Mountains
Date of Birth (approximate)
5 August 2014
Age at Rescue
0 weeks old (approx)
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Ndotto in the water
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Ndotto enjoying the water
Ndotto splashing in the water
Pika PIka riding on Ndotto