LOCAL GROUPS COME TOGETHER TO HELP SAVE ENDANGERED ELEPHANT CALF

A successful rescue was made of an elephant calf yesterday, in a combined effort by BHAPU, ZNA, PWLMA, Bulembe Safaris, Ume Croc Farm (Padenga) and Rhino Safari Camp.

The calf, a young female, having got stuck firmly in the mud (one of the hazards now of a slowly receding lake level), her mother refused point blank to leave her, albeit temporarily, to allow the rescue to go ahead.

This necessitated her being darted and immobilised in order to extract the young calf. Despite the risks of the mother either falling on the calf, or the possibility of her going down in the water, and the feisty defense of the two by the rest of the herd, the operation ended well.

The calf was freed (as seen here), and both mother and calf wandered off together to rejoin the herd after all the drama had subsided! Grateful thanks to all those involved.

EXTRA BONUS VIDEO!

Her mother (who was darted to enable the rescue to go ahead safely), is here seen ‘waking up’ from her deep ‘slumber’ after the reversal was given to the immobilising drug. A happy ending to a potentially catastrophic situation! Once again, a big debt of gratitude to all those involved.

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