She even steps in when there's conflict between the little ones. "When Rapa tried to push Naseku and Ndotto during the public visiting hour, Mbegu drove him out of the group for some time out!" Alden said.
But Mbegu knows the importance of play for the babies, who have been through more in their little lives than many beings have in a whole lifetime. "She loves playing with the babies, playing mock hide-and-seek and then running away as though she's scared - comical when it's tiny Ndotto she's running from," Alden said.
Mbegu (left) with good friend Kamok.The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust