Rescued from a well on 11th July in Kenya, tiny Murit was spotted by a herder, who reported him to the Kenya Wildlife Service. They rescued him from the well at 6pm, too late for our rescue teams to get to him and he spent the night at Namunyak Conservancy.
Having not drank anything during the night, he downed two bottles when the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescue team arrived. He had lots of bruises from the well and a lot of dirt in his eyes, and a bacterial infection which we are treating. Blood tests reveal the infection has now reduced, which is encouraging. Murit is spending his days out with the other nursery babies in the bush, which is lovely to witness.
Our latest rescue, Ndotto
Peeking out from underneath blankets, is Ndotto, a new born elephant so young he thought a herd of cows were his family.
Watch a video of Ndotto’s arrival:
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, he was too young to know any different.
With a fresh umbilical cord and ears still pink and having not yet mastered how to walk, the Samburu community 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 to get Ndotto to the safe haven of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant nursery (DSWT) which specialises in caring for orphaned baby elephants.
“Ndotto is one of only four elephant orphans to be transported via 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 of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Named ‘Ndotto’ after the place of his rescue, he will be given elephant plasma which is vital to trigger his immune system, especially if he did not have a chance to ingest his mother’s milk.
Says Rob Brandford: “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