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When rescuers found her, this poor elephant calf was so malnourished that she could barely even stand.

It is thought that this baby elephant had been separated from her herd and as she was just 6 months old at the time, was unable to survive without her mother’s milk.

Luckily, she was found in the nick of time by a ranger at the Chyulu Hills National Park who called upon the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to rescue her.

The team worked quickly to rehydrate the calf – which they lovingly named Esampu – before transporting her to a specialist elephant nursery in Nairobi.

Rescuers believe that the Maasi community, who live within the local area and practice elephant spearing, could be responsible for the disappearance of Esampu’s family.


Sadly this is a common occurrence, and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has treated over 110 elephants that have been speared by humans in the last 3 years.

Thankfully, with lots of love and care Esampu is thriving in her new home at the elephant orphanage.

She’s happy settling in with the other young elephants and is becoming known for her cheeky nature after trying to steal milk from her new friends!

Rob Brandford, Executive Director of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust says, ‘she became so disruptive that we have kept her back so that now she is fed last, with the older orphans, which means that she can’t steal more milk.’

‘But that hasn’t completely stopped her! She’s taken to accosting our keeper who carries the wheelbarrow full of milk now, not letting him pass and bellowing for milk!’

‘Each elephant has their own personality and Esampu is certainly a feisty little girl, who can sometimes be a bit grumpy and a little cheeky.’

‘But whilst she keeps our keepers on their toes, Esampu’s ‘greediness’ is actually a good thing; it shows she’s in full – and rude – health and steadily putting on weight.’

It certainly sounds like she’s quite a character! Cheeky Esampu will stay at the orphanage for the next 3 years, before moving to a reintegration centre before hopefully being one day returned to her natural, wild home.