Browsing Archive: June, 2012

MOSES UP DATE 22 JUNE

Posted by Jenny Webb on Friday, June 22, 2012,

 

As I write this update I notice that yesterday was our shortest day of the year and in theory the middle of winter – seriously hope it starts warming up soon. I know that for many of you in colder climates this probably sounds very silly but at 3 am when Moses and I are wandering around the kitchen warming up bottles it does seem very cold especially as our houses are not geared for cold weather. The one positive is that with the cold weather Moses does like to snuggle up even closer tha...


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Moses Update 15 June

Posted by Jenny Webb on Friday, June 15, 2012,


This past week has brought a lot of amusement to the carers as Moses starts to explore his “family” and seems to be relating what he finds to himself. It started off with him spending a long time in the middle of the night exploring my face with his trunk and then exploring his own face. He felt all over my face and then all over his, felt my eyes then felt his, tried to put his trunk in my mouth and then in his, pulled and felt my ears and then his and then he got to my nose……. He th...


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MOSES UP DATE 8 JUNE

Posted by Jenny Webb on Monday, June 11, 2012,

 

Moses has had a busy week. He had visitors on Saturday and Sunday, I have had Justin staying with us for a week and so he has made a new friend and Gina has joined our team. We do restrict the visitors to a maximum of 2 at a time, visitors do not invade his space and leave it up to him to decide if he wants to come and say hello and strictly no children as their high voices and energy do upset him. I do sometimes feel mean sticking to these rules but M...


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Update 31st May - three months old

Posted by Jenny Webb on Wednesday, June 6, 2012,

Moses is continuing to explore his world, he is a bit taller now and his trunk a bit longer so he can reach new heights ……. Food can no longer be left on the dining room table unattended as the plates crashing down after a “trunk investigation’ create entertainment, he can now reach up to the lower shelf of the bar so everything has moved up a level. He loves carrying things around in his trunk, a little basket is one of his favourite toys and money holds a huge attraction, coi...
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UPDATE 25 May 2012

Posted by Jenny Webb on Wednesday, June 6, 2012,


Moses had his first proper elephant bath where he went into his paddling pool on his own and started splashing himself with water using his trunk. He started off slowly splashing small amounts onto his front legs and then got really excited and started swishing his trunk harder and faster through the water creating a really big splash and then went onto slapping the water with his trunk so I think we have finally got him over his fear of water but it will probably take a bit more time...
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MOSES UPDATE 18 May 2012

Posted by Jenny Webb on Wednesday, June 6, 2012,

Moses continues to develop day by day – like a young child he is learning about his body and what different parts do primarily his trunk which is such an intricate part of an elephant..

He is becoming much more adept with his trunk ( it is also becoming so much stronger if he wants my hand in his mouth now I cannot stop him from putting it there.) Elephants show affection by running their trunks over each other and putting their trunks into other eles mouths.

He has started to p...

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Update 16th April 2012

Posted by Jenny Webb on Tuesday, June 5, 2012,

 

Moses has grown about 6cm in height since arriving in Lilongwe, doesn’t sound very much over 46 days but when you consider that it takes about 20 years to reach his full size it is about right. He appears to have got a bit thinner over the past couple of weeks but this is fairly normal when increasing in height – rather like children do and he is still not considered thin for an elephant of this age.

 

He started to develop a slight problem with his skin flaking in a few places i...


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2nd of April 2012 - update

Posted by Jenny Webb on Tuesday, June 5, 2012,


Moses continues to grow stronger and is becoming more self confident in that he will now wander around the house on his own – leaving which ever “ mother” he is with for short periods of time and then coming back regularly to check that they are still where he left them. He does panic if the mother in question is not where he/she should be and so we all need to make sure that if we move position at all when he has wandered off that we first go to him and let him follow us to the new p...


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He is now a month old and we have had him for 3 weeks

Posted by Jenny Webb on Tuesday, June 5, 2012,


Moses has now been with us for 3 weeks and we feel that we have crossed the first hurdle in that he has not had any adverse reactions to the milk formula and seems to have recovered from his trauma and is settled into his new routine. We still have a long way to go and lots of hurdles to cross before we can safely say that he will survive and he is still very vulnerable to disease and will be until he is at least a year old. With this in mind and the fact that he is a wild animal and a very...


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