Baby Elephant Rescued from Revenge Attack Finds New Home and Bonds with Keeper

A baby elephant named Mbegu, orphaned and attacked by villagers in Kimanjo, Kenya, has found a new home and formed a special bond with her keeper.

The attack on Mbegu occurred after another elephant tragically killed a local woman, prompting villagers to seek revenge.

During the attack, Mbegu was separated from her herd and sustained injuries. A warden from the Naibunga Conservancy stepped in to protect the young elephant from further harm.

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Affectionate: Pictures capture the moment an orphaned baby elephant that was speared and stoned by angry villagers gave her rescuer a kiss of gratitude. Source: Daily Mail
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Grateful: Mbegu was targeted by locals in Kimanjo, Kenya, in a revenge attack after a woman was killed by another elephant. Source: Daily Mail
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Cruel: The innocent calf was separated from the rest of the herd after she was set upon by angry villagers and was injured during the commotion. She was left injured in a classroom (pictured) after being stoned by schoolchildren. Source: Daily Mail
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On the mend: Mbegu found a new home with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Nursery in Nairobi National Park. Source: Daily Mail
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Mbegu was eventually brought to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Nursery in Nairobi National Park, where she found safety and care.

Mbegu quickly formed a deep connection at the nursery with her keeper, regularly nuzzling them in gratitude.

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Rescue mission: Wardens from the Naibunga Conservancy were forced to intervene and protect the young animal. The animal is pictured during a flight to her new home. Source: Daily Mail
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Emergency care: The baby elephant was found with bad injuries before being transferred to her new home at a Kenyan reserve. Source: Daily Mail
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Up and running: Mbegu, pictured just after arriving at her new home, quickly found her feet and has been a big hit at the sanctuary. Source: Daily Mail
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Gratitude: Edwin, a David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust keeper, receives some affection from Mbegu, an orphaned baby elephant. Source: Daily Mail
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Introduction: Mbegu (right) was timid at first but was introduced to other elephants and soon found her feet at the sanctuary. Source: Daily Mail
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Thirsty work: Mbegu gratefully accepts a drink from one of her keepers as she continues to recover from her horrific ordeal. Source: Daily Mail

Amie Alden from DSWT shared that Mbegu has adapted well to her new environment and has become a beloved member of the nursery, both by other orphaned elephants and her human caretakers.

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Her rescuers say Mbegu appears ‘hooked on her keepers, never forgetting the love and tenderness they have shown her.’ Source: Daily Mail
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New outfit: Rescuers fitted the baby orphaned elephant with a blanket to keep her warm as she continued her recuperation. Source: Daily Mail
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Bath time: Keepers say Mbegu likes nothing better than to plunge into the mud and cool off in the water at the sanctuary. Source: Daily Mail
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Mbegu gives her keeper a kiss and a cuddle. She narrowly escaped death when angry villagers attacked her with stones. Source: Daily Mail
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Mbegu has proven to be very loving towards her keepers despite the trauma she originally suffered at the hands of humans. Source: Daily Mail
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Keepers have described them as a ‘perfect little treasure’ who has ‘bounced back from her emotional scarring very quickly.’ Source: Daily Mail
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Alden explained that Mbegu’s recovery from her physical and emotional wounds has been remarkable, thanks partly to the use of green clay in her treatment.

The young elephant is now thriving in her new home, despite the traumatic experiences she endured at the hands of humans.


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