Makireti only has one, very small tusk - the other never grew in - which hardly makes her a good poaching target. But apparently some people had thought her small tusk was still enough to hunt her over. In any case, she needed treatment.
"By this stage Makireti's friends had congregated around the stockade to visit her, very aware and concerned about her predicament," DSWT wrote in a recent blog post. "By the time Dr. Poghon arrived, some of the ex-orphans had peeled away, leaving [elephants] Kilabasi and Kibo to babysit Makireti."