12.12.2007 28 °C
Today I started out on my 3 day tour of Sri Lanka. I was picked up at 4.30am from the hotel and set out to Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnewala follows along the same lines as the turtle hatchery. They take in Orphand baby elephants, whoes mothers have either been shot by hunters or have been scared off by farmers and left the babies behind when running off. Some are also injured and they are kept at the Orphanage as they would not survive in the wild.
This is Tuska he is blind due to being shot by hunters for his tusks - luckily he got away.
This is Summer, she only has 3 legs and one was blown off by a land mine.
I arrived just at feeding time - all the elephants look well fed and cared for and they have keepers to help look after them and make sure they are behaving themselves. All the elephants are left to walk freely around the reserve apart from about four or five who are the naughty elephants and they are chained up - so stay in the naughty corner but are still well looked after.
We then walked to the baby feeding area, this is where they are given milk as they no longer have there mothers to rely on. They have 7 bottles 5 times a day - and they are not small bottles
We then went to the river to watch them take their daily bath. You can also jump in and give them a hand - they love being splashed and having their ears washed.
And again there was the naughty corner for any being bad they sent them to the corner of the river and chained them up.
I have so many photo's of this morning - it was a brilliant day I can't rave about it enough - even the four o'clock start did not put me off (and for me that is saying something - don't usually speak until 10am)