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 ...
March 29, 2013KEP1357
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 ...
March 26, 2013KEP1357
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 ...
March 25, 2013KEP1357
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 ...
March 23, 2013KEP1357
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
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 ...
March 13, 2013KEP1357
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 ...
March 10, 2013KEP1357
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 ...
March 9, 2013KEP1357
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 ...
March 8, 2013KEP1357