As if losing her mother was not enough, the devastating scene turned into an urgent call for help which our orphan rescue team at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust answered. Because without intervention, this motherless and milk dependent 10 month old baby elephant faced the prospect of starving to death as other females in her herd refused to feed her, having their own calves to feed.
Roi is just one of 26 orphaned baby elephants we have rescued this year and our orphan rescue team immediately leapt into action to help her. Crossing the country to reach the scene and rescue this tiny baby, we gave her an IV drip and kept her warm with a blanket as we transported her to our awaiting plane. Flown to Nairobi and our Elephant Orphanage that same night, this fragile young infant who we have since named Roi (after where she was rescued) is now safe and receiving necessary medical attention, 24 hour Keeper care, warmth and nutrition through specialist formula milk. Watch her dramatic rescue video here.