Sad Day for Moses the Lilongwe Elephant

by Marcel

Moses and Ben

Moses and Ben

Sad day for our little hero. Moses, the baby Lilongwe elephant passed away last night after an incredible journey of sacrifice, challenges and raw emotion. He has left his mark on all of us.
His legacy will continue.
Bless you.

Some Quotes from his Facebook Page

28 Sep '12
To all my friends who have "liked" & shared Jumbo Foundation Elephant Orphanage's page, a big THANK YOU! Keep up the good work, please don't let this cause go unnoticed.
And please help if you are able to, by raising money or donating to Moses Ele, who is at Jumbo Foundation Elephant Orphanage. He is just a baby, full of fun, but very, very hungry & expensive to keep fed. :-)

22 Oct '12
The more people that understand the importance of saving beautiful animals like Moses, the better our world will be. My heart goes out to the wonderful people who care for Moses Ele.

26 Oct '12
I just wanted to share this frame grab I found while I was sorting through my footage. It's from a short clip I got of Moses Ele relaxing with Jim. The footage shows Jim rumbling gently to Moses, and Moses responding with a rumble - a really nice sensitive moment between Moses and one of his carers.

4 Nov '12
Moses has had a bit of a difficult week, with the build up to the first rains it has been very hot and humid and you can feel the tension in the air which has affected our sensitive little boy who has not been sleeping as well as he normally does and when he is asleep he wants to be very very close to me. With his very sensitive digestive system any sort of stress results in diarrhoea which is a constant challenge to us, especially as it results in such rapid weight loss and Moses is still in the process of regaining the weight lost after his op. We are in constant contact with vets and professionals with elephant experience on this issue which is one of the major problems related to baby elephants and are very appreciative of all the help and advice that we do get.

We had the first thunder storm at night which he really did not like at all and needed a lot of extra reassurance. When he is a bit nervous he has a gentle little grunt and his trunk is very busy touching you and making sure you are very close and paying attention to him. This nervousness during thunder storms is not restricted to Moses only as even in the wild you will hear the baby eles performing and making sure that their mothers are close by to defend them. The storm soon passed on a with a big sigh Moses lay down and had his first really good long sleep for a while ….so did I!

Last weekend we had a visit from the film crew of BBC focus on Africa who have done a short piece on Moses and it was a real pleasure to work with such a professional group of people who fully understood the need to put Moses and his welfare above all else. We have been extremely lucky with all of the members of the press who have visited us and every person has taken the time to find out what does and does not cause stress to Moses and has fitted in his or her filming or photographs around Moses and his mood at the time. Little guy is being treated as a prima donna already!

13 Nov '12
RIP Mose Moses Ele 21/2/12 to 12/11/12. We will miss you, you fought a valiant figh, and are now in heaven with your Ele Mum. xxx

13 Nov '12
Ciao piccolo ci mancherai

13 Nov '12
WOW the support for all you of is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It means so much to us. We just buried Moses, he was laid in the coffin with his head on a pillow, with his favourite toys. We put flowers on this grave and planted a tree next to him, in his favourite place. The dust bowl he loved so much. Lots of love from Jenny, Louise, Matimut and Jim


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