On the 7th February 2006, the Nairobi Nursery received an l8 month old orphaned baby bull, again from Amboseli, whose mother was found dead having suffered from an illness, presumably drought related. This bull calf is known to have been without his mother for at least 3 weeks, ever since his mother from the OB Study Group was found dead. He spent the first week after his mother’s death still within the OB herd, but when the Amboseli Research unit found the calf again two weeks later he had joined up with the AA family. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was immediately called and a plane with the David Sheldrick rescue team was despatched immediately. When the team arrived in Amboseli the calf along with the AA herd moved into the swamps and there they stayed. Our team waited on the swamp edge but with the last rays of sunlight the plane and team had to return to Nairobi without the calf. Another week passed before he was again spotted, this time entirely alone, and quite obviously suffering the affects of milk deprivation since no calf orphaned under the age of 2 years can survive without milk, even though at that age they are already ingesting some green vegetation.
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16 years old
7 February 2006
Amboseli Ecosystem, Amboseli National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
15 May 2004
Age at Rescue
20 months old (approx)
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Orok with the juniors
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