11 years ago, a tiny calf was found stuck in a water tank in Tsavo. Today, she’s back in the wilderness where she was born, working her way to an independent life — and you can see moving proof of that in the fourth pane!
This #SWTTransformationTuesday , meet one of the most spirited members of our Voi herd, Ndii.
RESCUE: Ndii was an infant when she fell into a tank along the Mzima Springs pipeline. Her mother was forced to abandon her, leaving the tiny calf vulnerable and alone. Luckily, our SWT/KWS Ziwani De-Snaring Team discovered her plight, and when it became clear that a reunion with her family was impossible, we mounted a rescue.
REHABILITATION: Ndii quickly emerged as a bit of a showboat. At the Nursery, she made sure to be the first into the mud bath and then would stroll along its edge so that all the visitors could admire her, basking in the attention. However, she also had a genuine maternal side and always took special care of the younger elephants. In May 2010, she graduated to our Voi Reintegration Unit. When she arrived in Tsavo, she was so tired by the whole affair that she fell asleep with her head resting on her beloved Nairobi Head Keeper, Edwin!
TODAY: Ndii is now one of the older members of our dependent herd. She still loves doting on her younger friends, particularly little Tahri. However, she’s not above the occasional showboating in the mud bath. In the last video, you’ll see her play a bit too rough with Tahri and receive an admonishing word from Voi Head Keeper, Joseph. At least she has the good graces to look contrite about her behavior!
In time, Ndii will reclaim her birthright: a wild life in Tsavo. Your donations help elephants like her get to this point. To learn more about how you can support an orphan in our care, click our link in bio 🐘
Photos / Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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