Days after the elephants' bloodied bodies were found, wildlife officials found and rescued a lone calf left orphaned by the attack. The youngster, only 6 or 7 months old, too young to be of value for ivory, is believed to have been present when the illegal hunters arrived and slaughtered his family.
The calf was transferred to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's elephant nursery to be raised among dozens of other orphans like himself.
"Surprisingly, despite his ordeal of having witnessed his whole family gunned down at the hands of humans, he has been friendly from the outset, needy of company and attention and clearly grateful to have been saved. We have called him Losoito, after the name of the hill close to where he was found," the group wrote. "We will do all in our power to help Losoito overcome his harrowing ordeal, for it is impossible to imagine the emotional trauma he has endured in witnessing the murder of 5 members of his family."