Little lost ellie gets a jumbo second shot at life
Locals saved the lost calf's life after spotting it wandering around in Mozambique
Sick, starving and all alone in the middle of the African bush is not a good place to be when you are just a three-month old toddler.
Luckily, members of the local community took pity and called in the game rangers when they spotted a lone elephant calf lost on the fringes of the Maputo Elephant Elephant Special Reserve in Mozambique.
The Stellenbosch-based Peace Parks Foundation, which is helping with the rehabilitation of the baby elephant, said the calf was “extremely weak and hungry” after it was recovered last week by rangers from Mozambique’s ANAC conservation agency and Saving the Survivors, a group of wildlife vets that focuses on rescuing rhinos orphaned by poaching and other wildlife in distress.
Veterinarian João Almeida estimated the calf had been alone for about three days and that it was “touch and go for several hours” after the rescue.
Although Almeida and his colleagues immediately administered fluids intravenously, specialised fresh milk also had to be flown in from SA.
“After receiving its first feeding in days the baby elephant slowly gained its strength and hopes are now high for its survival.”
The team is now working to find a suitable recuperation centre.
Peace Parks Foundation technical advisers working in the Maputo Elephant Special Reserve said elephants very rarely abandon their young, so the baby might have been sick for some time.
“Our sincerest gratitude goes to the community who alerted the rangers, as without their intervention, the elephant might not have been saved in time,” the foundation said.The foundation has been closely involved in the restoration, restocking and management of the reserve, which they hope will become one of Mozambique’s top tourist destinations. The reserve has also become accessible to SA visitors following the recent opening of a new tar road between Maputo and the Kosi Bay border post in KwaZulu-Natal.Other groups involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of the calf include the Dyck Advisory Group, Blue Sky Society, Elephants Alive, Elephant Coast Company and the Hoedspruit Endangered Wildlife Centre.