Proof positive.. our twins are alive and well !!!

Here they are again!! great excitement again as our beautiful calm mum crosses the lugga on April the 2nd, having disappeared of the face of the earth for a while!!

Here they are again!! great excitement again as our beautiful calm mum crosses the lugga on April the 2nd, having disappeared of the face of the earth for a while!! Love the babes walking in sinq. left,right,left, right!! 

At Last our friend with her two babes is back, this time bringing some very good news, and lots of friends with her.. She arrived below our hill with several small herds of Elephants to gather, and to wait for the right sign, which is the distant sound of thunder, then they can move on down the mighty Milgis lugga in search of new food down stream, but they can only do it when the water comes!!  Its been very very dry and times have been hard.. We’ve battled with fires in the Ndoto mountains this year.. partly because there was a bumper crop of honey and people were careless, partly because their was a rediculous ‘tiff’ amoung’st the grazers and some crazy people turned to burning.. This will be another blog following so we turn back to our good news first!!

Rain on the horizon, which explains why the elephants were gathering below our hill...

With the arrival of the our ‘friends’ came rain on the horizon, which explains why the elephants were gathering below our hill…

Amoung’st this group of around 60 Elephants, was 10 tiny, tiny babies, and at least 15-20 youngsters below 2 years.. We have not seen them play like this in the open before.. They’ve always been so cautious but finally after 20 or so years back in this region they are finally beginning to relax!

We've never seen this before.. the 10 tiny babies where running in all directions full of the joys of the 'spring' on its way!! Such a wonderful sight..

The 10 tiny babies where running in all directions full of the joys of the ‘spring’ on its way!! Such a wonderful sight..

Our Easter weekend was full of joy.. We had the absolute pleasure of watching the tiny ones go crazy, playing, running around, climbing on each other, just going nuts, amoung’st their big relaxed mums.. it is a sight that we have not had the pleasure before, giving us an indication that some how we are doing a good job!!

This tiny little guy is charging at some guinea fowl as they try to run through the gauntlet of Elephants!

This tiny little guy is charging at some guinea fowl as they try to run through the gauntlet of Elephants!

Then our prize.. See this perfect sequence..

The next day we have our prize.. Watch this wonderful sequence.. as all the Elephants cross the lugga the next morning!

The next day we have our prize.. Watch this wonderful sequence.. as all the Elephants cross the lugga the next morning!

Not quite sure which one was the motherof the twins at this point!

Not quite sure which one was the motherof the twins at this point!

caught on camera finally!!.. gosh have they given us a run for this!! But both in perfect condition and mum completely calm!

caught on camera finally!!.. gosh have they given us a run for this!! But both in perfect condition and mum completely calm!

Proof positive!!

Proof positive!!

An Easter present of note!!!

that evening we watched as the herd gathered on the edge ready to say goodbye for now.. WHEN WE SEE THIS WE KNOW THE RAINS WILL BE WITH US WITH IN 36 HOURS!!!

Time to start their journey.. When we see this it means the luggas are just about to flood.. rain is close!

Time to start their journey.. When we see this it means the luggas are just about to flood.. rain is close!

Thats where they are heading.. East into the lower Milgis, in search of new forage..

Thats where they are heading.. East into the lower Milgis, in search of new forage..

Another herd following soon afterwards..

Another herd following soon afterwards..

And then the next day the strong winds.. From our hill we have a 360 degrees view, and we saw the whole place go nuts, huge shafts of dust going high into the air, we 600 ft above the lugga covered in dust, but we know this dust will be washed off very soon..

Following this that afternoon is the very strong  winds..

Following this the next day comes the very strong winds..

lifting the dust high.. That night the rain came, to finally douse the sizzeling ground.. PHEW.. !!

lifting the dust high.. That night thunder and lightning to beat all, and finally the rain to douse the sizzeling ground.. PHEW.. !!

Talk about the six senses feeling good!! Huge amount of water flowing down the lugga! I can imagine our tiny ‘mites’ down stream all lolling about in the lovely muddy water!!

Relief and happiness as we all wake up to this wonderfull sight!!

Relief and happiness as we all wake up to this wonderfull sight!!

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4 thoughts on “Proof positive.. our twins are alive and well !!!

  1. That’s all fantastic Helen! So glad you nailed the proof and ‘the rains came’! I can’t imagine a better place than El Kanto to watch such a ‘dust and rain’ drama unfold. Thank you for sharing it!

  2. Such a wonderful zawadi and testament to all your hard work Helen! Twinning in eles is very rare – as far as I am aware in Amboseli twins have only occurred once in over 1000 recorded births!

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