This #TransformationTuesday, swipe through to meet Kelelari!
Kelelari’s rescue story is quite unique. After his mother was tragically killed, the calf was spotted alone on the plains of the Masai Mara. Because of his relatively advanced age — he was about four years old — the hope was that he would be able to survive without his mother and assimilate back into his herd. Unfortunately, this was not to be; he wandered the plains alone for several months, remaining close to people’s properties and hanging out among herds of buffalo for protection. Lions targeted him three times, and after the third attack, which he narrowly survived, everyone knew that it was time to move mountains to save him.
The DSWT was called, and we quickly put together a plan to rescue him. We mobilized a special aircraft to accommodate his large size and the Mara Vet Unit rushed to give him medical treatment. As a storm brewed across the plains, he was strapped in for the flight to the Nursery, comforted all the while by DSWT Keepers at his side.
Now safely at the DSWT, Kelelari is a big 'baby' bull who's loving life (as you can see in the third photo!) with his new family.
To foster Kelelari, visit: ►thedswt.org/kelelari◄
Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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