25th April, 2003 late afternoon, and a phone call from "Rocky" Francombe of Ol Malo Lodge in Laikipia, alerting us that her husband, Colin, had gone out to rescue a young elephant, whose lone tracks had been spotted by the Ranch workers. It was too late to initiate a rescue, so we asked that the calf be confined for the night, not fed any milk, but, if possible given rehydration. A short while later, we were told that what they thought was a bull calf had been brought in, was safely ensconced in a padded room, but was too strong to be safely handled and was bellowing loudly! We felt for the Francombe's, who faced a noisy night.By 8 a.m. the next morning, the rescue plane was on its way. Aboard the plane was Roy Carr-Hartley (we always feel better when Roy is there, because he is a professional in terms of animal capture and rescue with a lifetime experience in this field), a K.W.S. Vet, David Ndeereh, (who will shortly be seconded to the Trust to work with our 4 de-snaring teams and cover both Tsavo East and West National Parks, funded for a three year stint by the International ngo Vier Pfoten) and Edwin, an excellent Nursery Elephant Keeper with a gentle manner and a soft and understanding heart. They went armed with all the usual rescue kit - the large round tarpaulin with rope handles all round, beer bottles in a plastic bottle crate filled with a weak mixture of milk and others with rehydration salts, blanket, mattress, rubber under-protection for the floor of Mike Seton's plane and the Vet equipped with everything needed to sedate the calf for the journey.
20 years old
25 April 2003
Laikipia, Ol Malo Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
15 January 2003
Age at Rescue
3 months old (approx)
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