Makireti was first rescued in the summer of 2010. The young elephant was found wandering alone on a farm in Kenya near Tsavo National Park. She was emaciated and alone, with no mother or herd in sight, which was especially worrying since she was still a milk-dependent calf.
The baby elephant was found by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and taken back to its Nairobi nursery. At first, she was terrified of her situation, and it took lots of calming just to simply get her to drink milk.
But Makireti eventually ate, and began to bond with the other orphans at the nursery. Under DSWT's care, Makireti was slowly reintegrated into the wild, and never forgot the kindness of the people who saved her.
Last week, Makireti voluntarily returned to the rescue's Ithumba camp in Tsavo - with a poisonous barbed arrow lodged in her side.