Sadly, local villagers started stoning the baby elephant, says Hansson, until EOP rescuers intervened. They managed to wrap a sling underneath his body and lift him out of the pit.
Eventually, Tafika, which means "to have arrived" in the local language Nyanja, was flown to Kafue National Park, where EOP has a "release site" - the Kafue Release Facility (KRF) where the elephants, bit by bit, are released back into the wild.
How are elephants released back into the wild?
There are 10 orphans being managed at KRF according to Hansson, broken into two groups: The Orphan Herd and the Release Herd. The Orphan Herd walks inside Kafue National Park every day escorted by their keepers and a ranger. In the evening, they come back for protection against predators, like lions.
Orphan Herd and Release HerdGame Rangers International/Elephant Orphanage Project/Facebook