Their bodies were found the next day on a bloodied ground in Tsavo West National Park by members of the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS). The victims: one female adult and four sub-adults. Their tusks were gone, hacked out of their faces.
Two days later, on July 29, little Losoito was found alive. The youngster was immediately rescued by both KWS and the anti-poaching and conservation organization Big Life Foundation. According to DSWT, Losoito was then driven to a local airfield "while the DSWT mobilised Keepers and a rescue plane from Nairobi to collect the calf to fly him back to our Nairobi Nursery."
"Despite the baby 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," reported DSWT. "After his terrifying 38 hours he has responded immediately to the company of the other orphans in our care, not wanting to leave their sides since arrival. We have called him Losoito, after the name of the hill close to where he was found."
According to the Daily Nation, a major operation is underway to find the poachers; at least two were arrested and "a blood-stained axe, a pair of sandals and a hacksaw were found in one of the houses where the two suspects were arrested," according to a KWS spokesperson. The poaching gang is thought to be from Tanzania, and it is presumed they left the area on a motorbike carrying the bloodied tusks.
The news report notes that Kenya lost 164 elephants to poachers in 2014, and this year's tally stood at 34 within the first four months.
As of August 2, however, the number is obviously higher.