Increased demand for ivory in Asia in recent years has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants, leaving countless calves orphaned. These are two of the lucky few. They were rescued and brought to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Here they are cared for and given a second opportunity at life and freedom. Second Chance shows Peter Mbulu looking over the orphans. Peter is one of the dedicated Elephant Keepers at DSWT. These two calves, under six months of age, will eventually be reintroduced into the wild. This is a long process that can take more than ten years before they become fully independent. Until that time, the Keepers and the other orphans become their new family. Young calves are emotionally very sensitive and will suffer physically and possibly die if separated from someone they’ve become particularly close to. To prevent this from happening, the orphans are discouraged from becoming too attached to just one person by having them handled by a large team of Keepers rather than one or two individuals. The blankets are for warmth and protection from the sun. The calves will no longer need them around age two.
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