"The saddest part was knowing that when we found her collapsed, both mother and calf had been without food or water for some time as the bullet wound had left her almost completely immobile," Brandford said. "This agony, pain and heartbreak had been caused from a single bullet. Zongoloni's mother was clearly targeted for her ivory tusks."
The rescue team tranquilized Zongoloni to keep her calm, and transported her to DSWT's Nairobi nursery, a place that cares for orphaned elephants and other animals who have lost their families to poaching.
Initially, Zongoloni was quite aggressive with the keepers, and she refused to take a bottle. But when she met some of the other elephant orphans at the nursery, she seemed to calm down.