On the morning of 21st November 2018, during a patrol of the Voi River Circuit in Tsavo East National Park, KWS rangers spotted something in the middle of a drying waterhole. Upon closer inspection, they discovered that it was a tiny baby elephant, less than a month old.
This is a scenario we have seen many times before: No doubt the calf’s family tried desperately to extract him, but when it became clear that he was hopelessly stuck, they were forced to make the heartbreaking decision to leave him behind and move on in the interest of the herd. He had obviously been stuck for a good long time and was fortunate to have survived the night. There was evidence of predator spoor, but they too were probably hampered by the mud.
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4 years old
21 November 2018
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
30 October 2018
Age at Rescue
3 weeks old (approx)
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Rorogoi and Thamana
Rorogoi and Thamana sharing a dust bath
Mudanda checking on Thamana
Tahri and Thamana behind
Mudanda and Thamana