The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) rescued Alamaya after the attack that could have taken her life and helped bring her back to health. As the weeks went by, Alamaya began to recover and rescuers observed her behavior, which was in some ways surprising.
"It was actually the DSWT Keepers that soon after the rescue, began to suspect Alamaya was a male, because of 'her' behaviour," the DSWT told The Dodo. "This was prior to any surgery – we had been treating the genital area with green clay but there was no indication that 'she' was a male from this." One thing they noticed was Alamaya's habit of urinating like a boy elephant.