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Baby elephants at the Sheldrick animal orphanage in Nairobi


Baby elephants are paraded out for the public every day for an hour at 11 a.m. Actually they charge through the bushes in a cacaphony of noise as the baby rhino is led from the stage. By nature the rhino is a solitary animal so it is discouraged from developing friendships.

The elephants are first fed their milk from bottles, then given some branches to chew on. This is followed by a "mudding" where the attendants shovel mud onto them to protect them from the sun. This is mimicking the behavior of their mothers.

This is also play time when a ball may be kicked among them or they may collapse in a muddy writhing heap enjoying closeness with their fellow orphans.

They are eventually released into the wild. But years later they usually remember their keepers from the formative years.

 Baby elephants at the Sheldrick animal orphanage in Nairobi

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