The "Old" Africam

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The "Old" Africam

Question....Did any of you ever visit Africam way back in 1998? I did, and was addicted then. I even sent a $ contribution to help keep them going as they were running short of money.

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Thanks for the pic Elaine.

It is a heartbreaking sight, and amazing that she managed like this for eight years. But reading Landi's observations about the herd I can understand why. Elephants are quite something aren't they!

Thanks Landi.

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Thanks for the pic Elaine, it brings back so many memories about the times I used to see her. She was a little bigger when I saw her but the legs looked exactly the same.

The first time I saw her I was shocked and couldn't believe that an elephant with that deformity could survive. The more often I saw her the more I admired her strength and resilience as well as the patience of the herd who always seemed to wait for her and protect her. The one thing I recall about the herd was that, unlike most others that passed through, they were always nervous and didn't stay around for long - they tended to drink water and move off quickly but always ensuring that this baby kept up with them. They didnt like vehicles around and tended to move into thick bush as soon as vehicles came close - the best sightings we could get of her were always from the lodges when the herd came to drink. Unfortunately I never had my camera close by when she was around so never got a photo of her.

Landi

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Thanks a lot for the picture, Elaine. It's heartbreaking. Sad
But what an amazing elephant she is because she has managed to stay alive until now!

Btw, the picture is not too big.

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Landi,
sorry that I repeated that question ...re : distance.
I was working on finding this pic and hadn't read the previous posts.

i love your stories and all the valuable info that you have helped us with...especially IDs...of animals and birds, etc. . what knowledge you have at your fingertips.... :!:
thanks for sharing it.

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I FOUND HER!!! Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Eye-wink
And this is how she walked all the time. This wasn't a special pose.

I know there are more pics of her...but i will look for more later.
We understood that at this time she wasn't very old. and practically a newborn in 2001. Landi, do you think she is the same ellie?

On the side views as i recall, she appeared in a posture similar to when relieving herself .

I can almost tell you how this little one felt..Because at age 11, i had leg bones slip from my hip sockets..and consequently had both hips repaired by having leg bones pinned and screwed into the sockets. I guess that's why this little one was so important to me when i saw it. (No, i did not have that appearance of the legs as this little one had/has. )

oh, and how far from MalaMala to SabiSabi area where you saw her? you saw her personally?!!! Wow, That must have been so neat, i envy you, Landi.

Katja, this pic should not come out over the size limit..but just in case it does..could you again do the honors, please? I am getting a file size of 15.8kbs and 384x288 the dimensions that all the mobiel cams were at that time.

By the way i have permission to use this picture As it is copyrighted to all the former owners of AfriCam. And not to be used for any commercial purposes and only for personal viewing.

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"Landi" wrote:
The talk amongst those of us who saw her was that as she gets older and heavier she we felt that she would be unable to carry the weight on her hind legs. It seems as if she has some sort of hip displacement.
OK, that makes sense. Didn't think of that. :oops: Thank you!

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"katja" wrote:
Hmmm - if she survived the first 8 years of her life, why is it unlikely she will survive until adulthood? I would have thought that she has the most difficult part of her life behind her already.

Katja

I'm certainly no expert, but she was already quite a bit smaller that other ellies her age when I saw her.

The talk amongst those of us who saw her was that as she gets older and heavier she we felt that she would be unable to carry the weight on her hind legs. It seems as if she has some sort of hip displacement.

Landi

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"Elaine" wrote:
Thank you, Landi..i would never have thought of checking on SabiSabi ..If you know?... how far would that be from MalaMala and our original sighting of her? It was so amazing to see how her Mum and the herd..slowed and waited for her to follow and keep up with them. I am now going to find one of those pictures of her and post it here...The others who are new to this story..just have to see this picture of her!!!

Thank you for the news and info. Did you work at SabiSabi.? and/or did you know Odie, who drove that big, humongous mobile van around and set up the cam for the Sabi Mobile cam?
I shall return..hoping to hear more of your stories....
regards,
Elaine

Elaine

Mala Mala is next door to Sabi Sabi, and both are fairly large properties. We used to see the herd with the deformed ellie every three to four months which means that they travelled over a fairly large area.

I worked at Sabi Sabi, but after the cam had been removed. I wasn't there when Odie was around, but did meet her once.

Landi

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Thanks for the interesting news about the elephant, Landi!

"Landi" wrote:
Its unlikely that she will survive until adulthood and is believed to be about 8 years old now.

Hmmm - if she survived the first 8 years of her life, why is it unlikely she will survive until adulthood?
I would have thought that she has the most difficult part of her life behind her already.

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"Landi" wrote:
Elaine, I saw that ellie from time to time at Sabi Sabi between 2002 and 2004, she still managed to hobble along behind the rest of the herd. She was definitely smaller than other ellies her age but still managed to survive.

I saw on the Sabi Sabi website that she was seen again last year, still going strong.

Its unlikely that she will survive until adulthood and is believed to be about 8 years old now.

Landi

Thank you, Landi..i would never have thought of checking on SabiSabi ..If you know?... how far would that be from MalaMala and our original sighting of her? It was so amazing to see how her Mum and the herd..slowed and waited for her to follow and keep up with them.
I am now going to find one of those pictures of her and post it here...The others who are new to this story..just have to see this picture of her!!!

Thank you for the news and info. Did you work at SabiSabi.? and/or did you know Odie, who drove that big, humongous mobile van around and set up the cam for the Sabi Mobile cam?
I shall return..hoping to hear more of your stories....
regards,
Elaine

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