Only a few days passed after my last blog and this happened reiterating how important our eley safe wells are! On the opposite bank to where our elephant well is near Marti Dorop this terrible disaster happened.. Usually there is a dam full of water in this spot but because of the drought there is a real struggle for water and somebody dug a well in the middle.. Sadly this little family of 4, innocently wondered down and what followed was a terrible nightmare..
I start by saying thank you to Save the Elephant, Andrew Francombe, Reteti, NRT, KWS, and any one else involved behind the scenes… Also the community from the area that ran for help!.. and all our ‘Milgis’ scouts and lkiramats that tried their very best to help these 3 surviving elephants.. One was already dead when they got there..
From what the team who came to rescue the elephants thought.. Maybe the first youngster slipped into the well, possibly head first and mum probably tried to rescue her and slipped in herself, and again followed by the rest of the family..
Imagine the stress of landing in this situation in the night and then the roasting sun on their backs for a full day, or two.. nobody knows how long..
We will of course work even harder to try to NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.. But you know the saying ‘you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink’.. You can dig a lovely big open safe well for the elephants BUT sometimes they think the water is better in the other well..
What a tragedy that is often repeated. Many thanks to all the rescue teams working together to save 3 of the 4 elephants. And thanks Helen for bringing this our attention. All the best to you, Pete and your wonderful staff and wildlife partners. Best, Kat