Photo by @amivitale. A weak, newborn elephant named Kinya nuzzles her protector looking for comfort after falling into a well and losing her herd and mother in a remote part of northern Kenya. Through the afternoon and into the evening, the men offered saline to the orphaned elephant as the agitated baby cried plaintively for her family. By dusk the singing wells were quiet. In the moonlit dark the gray hulk of a big bull materialized to drink. The baby, perhaps mistaking the elephant for her mother, began to follow the form but after a while, spooked by the whoops of hyenas, she trundled back to her Samburu minders. The imprinting on human surrogates had begun.
All night the team sat vigil, waiting, hoping, straining ears for the rumblings of her herd. At dawn, some 36 hours after the warriors found the elephant, waiting was no longer an option. They lifted the elephant, swaddled in blankets, into the vehicle and head for Reteti elephant sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first ever community owned and run elephant sanctuary in all of Africa.
What’s happening at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they once feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants.
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