While rangers went out into the reserve to find the infant's herd, Anthony
and colleagues gave her
food and water.
must have had a strong survival instinct," Anthony
told me by email, "as she
was really starving when we found her
was so far from the herd is a mystery," Anthony
"We have a herd of 25 elephants, and we assume that she
must have been distracted or playing with a branch and the herd carried on walking and left her
Given how strong the familial bond is among elephants, that is itself very unusual.
"What we know for sure is that she
was seen the night before, about 3 AM, around the tented camp, about 5 kms from my house," Anthony
explained to me.
doesn't think that the mother rejected the newborn infant, as "the herd accepted her
back after her
and the reserve's staff took care not to be in excessive contact with the elephant, some physical contact was necessary to care for her
They were worried that the herd might reject her
didn't smell right.
"But all these are assumptions obviously, and most important is that the adventure had a very happy ending," she
The infant was successfully reunited with her