When the rescue team from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trustfound (DSWT) found the elephants they had been looking for, they were not prepared for what they were to witness.

They had first been made aware of the mother and her calf earlier in the day of September 22, 2013, when someone reported an injured elephant roaming in the Kenyan countryside.

The DSWT headed to scene with a Kenya Wildlife Service Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit.

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The DSWT was created in the 1970s and named after the founder’s late husband. It specialises in the protection of endangered animals, including elephants.

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The Mobile Veterinary Unit had everything onboard to care for the injured animals once they were found. But first they would need to be tranquillised – including the baby, who the rescuers named Zongoloni.