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Baby elephant 'Ndotto' rescued after wandering away from family

Baby Elephant 'Ndotto' Rescued After Wandering Away From Family

This is Ndotto, a new born elephant so young he thought a herd of cows were his family. Rescued from the remote Ndoto Mountains in northern Kenya on Thursday 7th August, the tiny new born and his herd had become entangled in a group of livestock belonging to Samburu community which caused the herd to panic. Left behind, the youngster (who was just hours old) followed the herders and cows home thinking they were his family and too young to know anything different.

With a fresh umbilical cord and ears still pink and having not yet mastered how to walk, the Samburu community who he accompanied cared for him overnight and the following morning set off on a 24 hour journey by foot down the mountainside to find help.

Due to the remoteness of the location, a helicopter was chartered -– the only means possible to get the baby elephant to the safe haven of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's elephant nursery (DSWT) which specializes in caring for orphaned baby elephants.

"As just one of four special elephant orphans that have ever been transported by helicopter directly to the DSWT's nursery, upon arrival he was carried off the aircraft. At no more than 50Kg, the Keepers could easily carry him in their outstretched arms before they laid him in blankets in the stockades providing special formula milk and a glucose drip," says Rob Brandford, director at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Named "Ndotto" after the place of his rescue, as a new born, he will be given elephant plasma which is vital to trigger his immune system, especially if her had not had a chance to ingest his mother's milk.

Rob Brandford also says, "Unfortunately, whilst he was cared for by Samburu community, he was fed cow's milk –- potentially life threatening for elephants who cannot tolerate this type of milk. We'll do all we can to remedy any side effects and be by his side all the way through the weeks, months and hopefully years to come."

A rescue mission like this is a huge financial cost and until his reintegration little Ndotto will require full time care and support. To donate to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Emergency Appeal for funds to support his care, and others who need rescuing, please go to www.sheldrickwildifetrust.org.

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Patricia,,,,, August 11 2014 at 11:03 AM

Poor little thing would be nice if they could find his mom I bet she is heart broken that her baby is gone

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Kate Patricia,,,,, August 11 2014 at 11:45 AM

I said exactly the same thing. The poor mother is undoubtedly grief stricken, and that may be why the herd got entangled with the cows in the first place: they stopped so she could give birth.

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milliebsp Patricia,,,,, August 11 2014 at 7:07 PM

I agree as well.

Elephants are very family oriented and connected. They are also very emotional.

I feel badly for his mama, as she must be mourning his loss, and wondering what became of him!

I, too, wish there was a way they could be reunited!

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marianicole62 August 11 2014 at 11:50 AM

Aww how adorable, God bless this little animal and the people who saved it!

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Roe n Horst August 11 2014 at 11:37 AM

What a heart warming story, people do care...

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Kate August 11 2014 at 11:42 AM

That is terrific, that the community members knew he needed that specialized help, and went to such literal lengths to get it for him.

His poor mother must be frantic with grief at the loss of her baby. If only there was some way to tell her that he was rescued...

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Mike Kate August 11 2014 at 12:10 PM

Try sending her a telegram.

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gserlin Kate August 11 2014 at 4:37 PM

Mike: An email would be faster.

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Proud Conservati August 11 2014 at 12:57 PM

God love this sweet baby. And I pray that God gives the mother peace as she undoubtedly mourns for her lost child.

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tigerpawsofohio August 11 2014 at 2:15 PM

This organization does great work saving the baby elephants! Donation well worth the cause!

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firstamendment3 August 11 2014 at 11:00 AM

Elephants are notiously dumb especially when related to a certain political party.

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Gina August 11 2014 at 2:05 PM

Thank God for good people like this!
Obviously these people are caring, educated and love animals. It would be great if there were more people like this in the world!

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VIPRLARES August 11 2014 at 1:03 PM

"The power within each one of us to make a difference in the lives of others."

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Vicki August 11 2014 at 2:11 PM

This community worked so hard to save this little guy. Hope he lives a long and safe life.

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