For Orphaned Elephant Calf, Harrowing Rescue Ends in Hope

MASAI MARA, Kenya—One day last October, a mother elephant and her ten-month-old calf were seen playing together on the plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve when a passing tourist photographed the tranquil scene.

Twenty-four hours later, on October 22, the young calf was spotted again—this time standing over her mother’s poisoned carcass, seemingly reluctant to leave her side.

The young calf had her head down, and her trunk was draped across the mother’s back when Richard Roberts, from the Mara Elephant Project, arrived.

Read the whole story on National Geographic News.


  1. Robert Stickley
    January 19, 2015, 5:50 am

    Incredibly sad. Could you please read my petition attempting to halt the sale of ivory in the US and sign if you agree? Let compassion defeat greed. Thanks so much!!

  2. nurgle
    January 9, 2015, 10:31 am

    I <3 Elephants