Given the extent of his injuries and concerned for his vulnerability, we monitored his progress with one of our DSWT / KWS Anti-Poaching Teams and scheduled a second treatment but, over the weeks, it became clear that his condition was deteriorating. No longer able to keep pace with the rest of the herd, his mother was forced to drop back, unable to travel any distance for food, leaving the pair in a desperate state. For the sake of both mother and calf, it was decided that a rescue operation must be mobilised, bringing the calf into the care of our Nairobi Nursery and allowing his mother to re-join the safety of her herd.
Named Mwashoti, this brave little bull remained in his stockade for the first three weeks to rest his foot, all the while receiving intensive care with his wound being cleansed, packed with healing green clay and bandaged. But just as crucial to the healing process was the comfort and company of those like him, the little herd of orphan elephants also in our care, and Mwashoti's spirit was lifted enormously when he was able to join his new family for his first walk with them into the bush.
After three weeks of rest, Mwashoti takes his first walk in the bush under the watchful eyes of his Keepers Photo: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust