Archive: March, 2013

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Mar2013

Fiela sleeps standing!

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Fiela has had her first incident of SS (sleep standing)! After stubbornly refusing to lie down the whole afternoon, she ended up sleeping upright ... She slept for 17 minutes. SS is common in adult elephants as their sheer bulk makes it very difficult and uncomfortable to lie down. If they did ... Read More
March 29, 2013KEP1357

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Mar2013

Help us feed Fiela

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A baby elephant needs to drink 10 % of its body weight to survive. Every litre over this maintenance feed adds to growth and good health. Under normal circumstance she would be getting this from her mother. However, as Fiela’s mom rejected her, we are now hand-rearing her using special human ... Read More
March 26, 2013KEP1357

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Mar2013
Our scale arrived back today and we were finally able to properly weigh Fiela. She came in at 101kg, which means our chubby little baby elephant has gained 19kg since her birth. We have a very happy and proud team today. On average, African elephants weigh about 91kg at birth. Fiela ... Read More
March 25, 2013KEP1357

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Mar2013

Fiela discovers new joys

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Fiela has been spending many days outside this past week. Weather permitting, the staff and volunteers at AERU take her on a little walk each morning to the big yard where she can explore the day away. She was a bit unsure at first on her initial walk out, but ... Read More
March 23, 2013KEP1357

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Mar2013
Here is a short video on the first week of Fiela's life - Fiela was born at the Park on March 5, 2013. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152111001311992
March 19, 2013KEP1357

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Mar2013

Update from AERU

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Here's an update from our volunteer department, who are doing a fabulous job of looking after baby Fiela!! Fiela has had a very good day today and although she doesn't appear to sleep very well during the day, often resulting in a bit of grumpiness, she has started to settle quite ... Read More
March 13, 2013KEP1357

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Mar2013

Update on the babies

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Thandi's baby - Fiela Thandi unfortunately does not want anything to do with her baby! After two days we eventually gave up on the hope that Fiela could suckle from her, and we started the bottle-feeding process. She is loving this!! She drinks a litre of milk every hour and is ... Read More
March 10, 2013KEP1357

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Mar2013

We finally have a name …

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We have named Thandi's baby Fiela, in honour of a very special guest that has been visiting the Park for the last 14 years - Hannelie Potgieter. Hannelie's nickname is Fiela and she is called the Elephant Mother by all who know her, because of her amazing passion for elephants. She ... Read More
March 9, 2013KEP1357

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Mar2013

It’s a girl!

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Thandi's baby girl, Fiela, finally arrived in the late hours on Tuesday 5 March, weighing a healthy 82kg. Fiela is strong and feisty, bravely learning the new skill of walking without wobbling and falling over. The next challenge for Fiela will be to master the art of suckling from mom. Given ... Read More
March 8, 2013KEP1357