The tiny newborn, now under 24-hour surveillance at a local elephant nursery, is the youngest calf the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery (ZEN) has ever rescued. They named the newborn Zuwa, which means "Sun" or "Light" in Shona [native language to Shona people in Zimbabwe].
ZEN says the youngster is exceedingly fragile, and with the help of veterinarians from Aware Trust, the group has already had to pull the little one "back from the brink" Friday morning.
The baby was found in the Save Valley conservancy area of Zimbabwe by local parks rangers, says Jos Danckwerts, who works at ZEN along with his mother and ZEN founder, Roxy Danckwerts.
"When we arrived [to rescue him], he was very hot and weak," Jos Danckwerts told The Dodo. He retrieved Zuma on October 14. "His legs were a bit wobbly but he could still walk," says Danckwerts. "He was quite vocal when we got him standing. His hydration was ok as the team who found him managed to get some fluids into him with a bottle, which was very fortunate."
Zuwa being loaded for transport to ZEN along with assistance of Moses Nzou and Zim Parks rangers. (Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery)