Heartbreaking ɩoѕѕ: Ithumba Mourns the Untimely Passing of Newborn Elephant, Mumo. na

In the delicate balance of nature, the animal kingdom witnessed beauty and sorrow last weekend in Ithumba.

The sanctuary, known for its care of elephants, became the backdrop for a heart-wrenching tragedy.




On September 10, a new addition, Mumo, entered the world. Born to first-time mother Makena during a challenging drought, Mumo initially thrived, enjoying mud baths and precious moments with her nurturing mother.

However, a three-day venture into the wilds of Tsavo, accompanied by Ishanga and Yatta’s ex-orphan herd, raised concerns when they failed to return for water, leaving Head Keeper Benjamin anxious.

Upon their return, Mumo showed signs of distress—dehydrated, sunburnt, and exhausted. The mystery of their whereabouts during those three days puzzled caretakers.

Makena allowed Keepers to administer rehydration salts, showing fierce protection. Despite efforts, Mumo’s health deteriorated.

Surrounded by caring companions, including Yatta’s ex-orphan herd, Makena resisted attempts to guide them back for rest, determined to follow her instincts.

Despite a brief improvement in Mumo’s spirits on September 20, the calf tragically collapsed, leaving caregivers and ex-orphans in shock. Revival efforts failed, and Ithumba was plunged into mourning.

Standing vigil over her lifeless calf, Makena showcased the stoicism of elephants in the face of loss. Surrounding bulls joined in mourning.

Mumo’s tragic end highlighted the challenges elephants face, even in a sanctuary with supplementation.

As Ithumba mourns, Mumo’s loss underscores the fragility of wildlife. Makena, now carrying the weight of grief, will have the wisdom gained into future attempts at motherhood.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, deeply affected, mourns alongside Makena and all caregivers.

In the intricate tapestry of life and loss, the resilience of these majestic creatures endures, leaving an indelible mark on witnesses’ hearts.

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