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Written by: Rob Brandford, Director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

On the 13th of October the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust received a report about a young elephant calf. It had been rescued after falling down a well dug for Samburu livestock in the remote Milgis Lugga in northern Kenya.  

© David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
© David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The Milgis Trust scouts attempted to reunite him with the herd but sadly this did not succeed and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was called to rescue little Wass, named after the area he was rescued in.

The rescue team was met by Milgis Trust Scouts and the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers and the, by now, very weak baby elephant was handed over into their care along with two other unexpected orphans, tiny ostrich chicks.

© David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
© David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
© David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
© David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

They all arrived safely back at the Nursery at 1.30 pm on the 14 October 2014. All young elephants are extremely fragile, not least when they have experienced being separated from their mother. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are currently providing Wass the specialist care he needs, and if you can support please click here.

© David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
© David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Watch this video of Wass’ rescue. Footage by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ipNBGEQ_Q

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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that complement the conservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, wildlife veterinary assistance, community outreach, safe guarding the natural environment and the rescue and hand rearing of elephant and rhino orphans.