On 8th March 2015, Angela Sheldrick, and her husband Robert, received reports from KWS about the plight of a little elephant who was discovered fallen down a well within Molore Lorach, Ngilai area. The community first found him there on 6th March when approaching the well to water their livestock. They left and returned the following day thinking that he might have managed to escape and be reunited with his natal herd, but too fearful to attempt to extract him. On their return on the 7th of March the stranded, exhausted and now injured calf remained stricken in the well. His desperate ongoing attempts to free himself left him with bruises and a rubbed raw back from struggling against the jagged well sides.
It was at this point the community reported the matter to the Namunyak Conservation Ranger post based at Kitich camp who informed the KWS personnel based at Wamba. A team was sent to the scene and the calf was finally extracted late afternoon of the 8th, too late to mobilize a rescue plane from Nairobi in time. By this time he had remained submerged in the well for approximately 48 hours.
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8 years old
9 March 2015
Samburu, Namunyak Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
16 February 2015
Trapped in a well
Age at Rescue
3 weeks old (approx)
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