~May 21, 2015~~
Keeper Saved His Life 26 Years Ago
By Melissa Cronin
A man who once saved an elephant calf came face-to-face with that calf — now a massive bull — nearly three decades later.
Twenty-six years ago, a 3-month-old elephant followed his mother and their herd out into a clearing near Kenya’s Imenti Forest. A crowd of villagers, fearing for their valuable crops, surrounded the herd, firing off poison darts and spears and slaughtering those who were unable to flee.
The calf was struck in the head and fell unconscious to the ground where he seemed doomed to the fate of the others.
But a group of rangers arrived on the scene just in time to rescue the calf, along with one other, and brought the two of them to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The baby elephant, who was named Ndume, was panicked at first…
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