We went back to visit him several times throughout the day. One time we witnessed the baby elephant trying to get up after his nap and he needed a bit of help and was shaky when first walking around. He had improved significantly by the end of the day. Here he is, not even waist high:
So the story with this baby elephant goes like this: Someone in a Karen village about 8 hours away contacted Lek because an elephant gave birth and rejected the baby so they retrieved him right away. They were working on the paperwork for the mother all day today but given that it is the rainy season, getting the truck off the slippery, muddy mountain with a huge elephant in it proved a difficult task. So ENP sent its own truck out a few hours after lunch to retrieve the mother. If all goes well, she should be at the ENP by tomorrow (Sunday) sometime.
Several people stay with him at all times, feeding him milk from formula, swatting insects away from him and walking around him so he doesn’t scratch himself, possibly causing an infection. Without the anti-bodies only the mother’s milk can provide, he is extra susceptible to getting sick from an insect bite or cut.
Yesterday, Lek gave him a 60% chance of survival and today she gave him a 75% chance.
What an experience to say the least!