Human-animal conflict is a serious issue for communities that live with large, exotic animals. When you consider how large an elephant is and how dangerous an interaction with an elephant could potentially be, the logic behind human-animal conflict begins to come into focus.

In a village in Kenya, an elephant was responsible for killing a woman, which spawned chaos among the people of the village and the surrounding elephant herd. Seeing this elephant as “the enemy,” unfortunately she was killed. Amidst the stampede, the baby of this elephant ran off, chased by villagers.

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But the sad story of this little elephant does not end there. Able to take refuge in a nearby school building, the baby elephant was saved by a local conservationist who organized a crew to take the little elephant and transport her to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nursery, where she has been named “Mbegu,” the swahili word for “seed.” Mbegu is now free to run and play with other rehabilitated orphans in the sanctuary and enjoy the life every happy little elephant should have.

 



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