UPDATE 9/4: Despite the effort of devoted wildlife conservationists in Zimbabwe, the 15-month-old male elephant calf has died.
"It is with desperate sadness that I report that little Kariba has died on the operating table," read the Facebook page of Wild Is Life, the organization that tended to the baby. "It was a gallant and courageous effort by a team of 5 highly experienced veterinarians, a specialist orthopedic surgeon, as well as the theatre team."
Kariba perished Friday morning. Roxy Danckwerts, founder of Wild Is Life, wrote a heartfelt note to The Dodo about the tenderness the other orphans showed him in his short time in the nursery: "The three big elephants spent the night right up against his pen and there was a constant snaking of trunks through the bars, investigating the new arrival. The level of empathy that these animals showed was extraordinary."
"He was well loved," Danckwerts wrote. "We all tried so hard."
The original story is below:
Two elephant calves are struggling for their lives in Zimbabwe.