By Charlotte Regen
An elephant got to take a ride in a helicopter after being rescued by conservation workers.
The little elephant was born premature, unable to reach his mother’s teats, and was rescued from the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya by the Mara Elephant Project with the help of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Friends of the Mara, Kenya Wildlife Service and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The elephant needed to be transferred to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage in Nairobi, back in November, and the quickest way to get there was by helicopter.
A spokesperson for the Mara Elephant project said: “The project protects elephants to conserve the greater Mara ecosystem.
“Intervening with abandoned baby elephants is something we do on a regular basis, so we know to stay calm and collected.
“This was, however, the first time we’ve had a pachyderm passenger in our helicopter, they are usually slightly too big for the trip.
“The circumstances surround the death of a mother due to human-elephant conflict; however, as in this case, that’s not always the case.”
The baby bush elephant was given the name Panya and is now being cared for at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage.