On the 18th of August we received another orphaned elephant calf, a tiny female just three months old. She came to us in a state of collapse, so much so that our Keepers keeping vigil over her, as she lay in the rescue aeroplane during the flight back to Nairobi, were convinced she would slip away before they even landed. She lay limp on the mattress; little life left in her eyes, and totally dehydrated and emaciated, her skin literally hanging from her bones, her cheeks sunken and gaunt. This baby had obviously been without her mother of as long as five days, an inordinate amount of time for a milk dependent calf this young. One could only imagine what a nightmare she had endured before finding the comfort and security of the Samburu Manyatta and her rescuers, Kanyina Lentrangoi, Kopolesha Lemunar, Chamke Lopiala.
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12 years old
18 August 2008
Samburu, Maralal National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
25 May 2008
Age at Rescue
2 months old (approx)
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