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Mysterious infection that led to the death of UC-Drape Ears
Up-Curved Drape Ears (Codename M0183) born in 1961 was a well known bull elephant and among the oldest currently in the Amboseli National Park. He acquired the name from his physical features—upwards curved tusks and drape like ears. Only a few Elephants are named for this reason, like a 24 years old male called Pigtail, who escaped narrowly from Hyenas by missing his tail.
Just like Kalume, we can't specify what really led to his death but prior to that he looked skinny, his feet swollen and what appeared to be a penile infection [See the image gallery]. He wasn't moving a lot either, because of the swollen feet only staying close to a nearby Maasai borehole during the day and moving in for a drink at night. According to the local herds' boys, he was not feeding much but spent most of his time under a shade, dust-bathing.
He was found dead in the morning of 12th Oct right next to the Maasai borehole, after he came in at night. On close observation after he died, his penile infection appeared to be worse than we thought. It really baffled everyone at the site.