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Elephant poaching has reached epidemic proportions, leaving behind thousands of orphans. Orphaned calves are regularly observed either dead or dying after their mothers have been slaughtered. Sometimes a young calf will wait for days alongside its dead mother, slowly losing condition. The calves are often found emaciated and dehydrated, unable to survive without their mother’s milk, protection and guidance. Orphaned African elephants are succumbing in droves to starvation, grief and death. All the elephants that are under 2 years old when their mothers are killed will die unless they are rescued. The over-2’s sometimes survive by befriending other orphans or trying to join another herd that will adopt them, but they are forever traumatized by the horrific killings they have seen and the grief of losing their mother and herd.
Even if the calves are rescued, mortality rates are high. The babies are fully dependent on their mother’s milk until they’re 2 years old and are not fully weaned until around 4 or 5 years. Many are so traumatized and grief-stricken by what they’ve witnessed and losing their families that they lose the will to live … many of them die even with the best care.
Nurturing and caring for these orphans is a slow process of several years, requiring love and devotion and continual care, until they are fully recovered and able to be returned to the wild.
Video source: YouTube, Information: ivoryorphans.org