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Published on Feb 20, 2012
One month old "Lumo", rescued from the water of a dam in the Taita Hills Conservancy by the Salt Lick staff during the late evening of the 11th of Feb. Having spent the night there, the Rescue team from our Voi Elephant Stockades drove in to assess the size and condition of the calf, before calling Nairobi to organize the rescue plane. She came to the Nairobi Elephant Nursery on the 12th February, already in a weakened condition, obviously having been without her mother and milk for several days added to which she already had life threatening diarrhea. Oral anti-biotic and electrolytes instantly administered failed to halt the diarrhea, and although the calf fed well initially, downing 33 pints of formula milk in a 24 hour period, the diarrhea persisted until she stopped feeding at midnight on the l7th February, and was dead by the morning.