It was joy in Tsavo as members of an animal conservancy witnessed the birth of a baby elephant whose, mother they rescued more than a decade ago.
The mother elephant, named Loijuk, was a confused young giant when she was rescued in 2006.
At the time, Loijuk was only five months old.
Through intense care and nurturing, Loijuk has matured into a fine-looking elephant and is playing her part in growing the population.
Through a post by Sheldrick Wildlife trust, we learnt that the wild living orphan Loijuk gave birth to her first wild-born baby.
Remarkably, the 14-year old elephant returned to the sanctuary on her own to give birth with the aid of a couple of workers in the facility.
It is also kind to note that the elephant’s memory is so sharp, it did not mind when human beings interacted with her new-born calf, despite the fact that she was a new mother.
“Her tiny baby, a little girl, was paraded proudly by mum - showing off her precious gift to her much-loved human family and the dependent Ithumba orphans!” a post from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The calf, which has been named Lili, joins 30 others which were wild-born and their parents coming back to Reintegration Units to be supported by wildlife experts.
Because September is one of the peak months as far as drought is concerned, it might prove a blessing in disguise for the elephant Loijuk to return to her original unit as she can now be supported with food.
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