Miraculous Rescue: Lonely Baby Elephant Found and Saved in Mozambique

In the wild expanses of Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve, a solitary baby elephant was found stranded and on the brink of death.

After relentless efforts from a collection of individuals and organizations, this three-month-old elephant has a new lease on life.

Her future is looking promising if she is waiting for clearance to transfer to a specialized South African care facility.

This triumphant tale of survival traces back to the vigilance of the Muvucuza Community members within the Maputo Special Reserve.

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On discovering the baby elephant isolated and in distress, they quickly alerted the rangers, a vital first step towards its eventual rescue.

The quick response of this community was pivotal, without which the elephant would undoubtedly have met a tragic end.

Swift to respond, a team comprising Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), Save the Survivors, the Dyck Advisory Group, and the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) collectively mobilized to rescue the calf.

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Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira from ANAC and Michelle Henley from Elephants Alive is now discussing with South Africa’s Department of Environment to secure the necessary import permits for the elephant’s transfer.

Found in a severe state of starvation and weakness, it is estimated that the calf had been alone for roughly three days.

Dr. João Almeida, a veterinarian from Saving the Survivors, highlighted the critical nature of the situation.

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Despite the logistical challenges, specialized raw milk was expedited from South Africa, and immediate intravenous administration began.

Presently, the calf is showing encouraging signs of recovery. Regular sleep, the passage of feces, and an increased strength bear testament to her improving condition.

Fed every two hours and kept hydrated, the baby elephant’s chances of survival have significantly improved.

A technical advisor from PPF working in the Maputo Special Reserve shared insights into the rare occurrences of elephants abandoning their young, suggesting prolonged illness as a possible cause.

This incident underscores the importance of cooperative conservation efforts in preserving the reserve’s biodiversity.

As the Maputo Special Reserve grows in popularity as a tourist attraction, it promises enhanced livelihood opportunities for local communities.

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However, the survival and well-being of its unique wildlife remain a shared responsibility and a testament to the power of community action.


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How much does an elephant weigh?

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Elephants, the largest land animals, vary in weight by species and age. African elephants can weigh between 5,000 to 14,000 pounds (2,268 to 6,350 kilograms), with males generally heavier than females. Asian elephants are smaller, with males weighing 4,500 to 11,000 pounds (2,041 to 4,990 kilograms) and females between 3,000 to 6,000 pounds (1,361 to 2,722 kilograms).

How long are elephants pregnant?

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Elephants have one of the longest gestation periods among mammals, lasting between 18 to 22 months. African elephants typically have a gestation period of about 22 months, while Asian elephants are pregnant for about 18 to 22 months. This lengthy pregnancy allows the calf to develop fully, ensuring it is relatively mature and can walk soon after birth.

How long do elephants live?

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Elephants are known for their long lifespans. In the wild, African elephants typically live between 60 to 70 years, while Asian elephants have a lifespan of about 48 to 60 years. In captivity, elephants may live longer due to regular veterinary care and the absence of predators, although their longevity can vary based on living conditions.

What do elephants eat?

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Elephants are herbivores and primarily eat plant-based foods. Their diet includes grasses, leaves, bark, fruits, and roots. African elephants tend to consume more grass, while Asian elephants eat more woody plants. An adult elephant can eat up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food each day.

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