American actress Kristin Davis, who is currently in Kenya and a patron of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), has Tweeted her thanks to members of the public who have financially supported the care of an orphaned elephant through the charities’ fostering programme.
— Kristin Davis (@KristinDavis) January 7, 2016
Simotua, a 1 year old male elephant, was born on Friday 20 June, 2014 and orphaned by poachers. The calf was found in the Rumuruti Forest in a weak condition with a snare wound on the leg and a spear wound to the head.
The DST were alerted to the plight of Simotua on 22 June, 2015 by Caroline and Andrew Mules. They identified him as an orphan due to his thin body condition and injuries which included a spear wound in his head, which went right through into the honeycomb of his forehead, and a snare wound on his leg.
Because of the late hour, the DSWT could not attend to him that night, but the following day a rescue was mobilised with the DSWT rescue team landing at 2.20pm on Simba Farm. The farm management helped by cutting their fence in order for the land cruiser and rescue teams to have easy access to where the young orphan was. They also provided man power and vehicles to assist.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and DSWT tracked the calf a short distance before they sighted him and captured the one year old with little resistance. He was unable to put up too much of a struggle due to his compromised leg and weakened state.
Rescuers laid on a mattress with a blanket covering his eyes while his legs were strapped before being loaded onto the back of a land cruiser and driven to the nearby airstrip.
Before takeoff, the calf was given a tranquilizer to manage his stress levels and placed on an intravenous drip for the duration of the one-hour flight back to Nairobi with an elephant Keeper sat by his side comforting him.
He at the Nairobi Nursery at 6pm where his wounds were cleaned and treated, packed with green clay, and given antibiotics.
While he was still prone the Keepers lifted his head to help his drink from a bottle of milk before being helped to his feet.
During his time at the DSWT and thanks to the love and care from the Keepers, his wounds began to heal.
On the 7 September 2015, Simotua joined the Nursery herd in the Nairobi National Park Forest for the first time.
If you would like to foster Simotua or any of the other elephants, please visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust foster page on their website.