12/30/2016 – Out in the forest early this morning, it was unusual to witness all of the orphans browsing close to their keepers, even the older ones like Naseku, Kauro, Tusuja, Maramoja, Karisa and Ukame were all browsing close instead of walking off further. Tusuja, Kauro, Naseku and Maramoja were sometimes witnessed trying to nudge the little ones like Ambo, Jotto, Tamiyoi, Tagwa, Murit, Malima and Malkia away… so that they could be the closest to the keepers! This suggests they are still missing the leadership of Oltaiyoni who used to lead them off further into the forest, unlike Mbegu who likes to stay close to the little ones. This will all balance out when the older ones are moved down too and Mbegu will most likely become the new leader, or matriarch, of the nursery herd, and guide the babies around.
Today is the last day for Kauro, Tusuja and Naseku to have their final rehearsal for the lorry. Kauro and Naseku are happily taking their milk inside unlike Tusuja who is still refusing, so he will be a difficult one to load tomorrow morning when they are due to depart for Ithumba! We will have to see.