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Hero behind rescued zebra foal whose mother died of postpartum complications

The orphaned foal was found desperately suckling on its mother's lifeless carcass.

Kenya Wildlife Service officers rescue orphaned foal

In a poignant rescue mission, Margaret Lekirsisae saved the life of a young foal whose mother had succumbed to postmortem-related complications in Lengardae, Samburu, on Monday, January 24.

The rescue unfolded tragically as the orphaned foal was found desperately suckling on its mother's lifeless carcass.

The community informed Lekirsisae about a distressed foal still clinging to its deceased mother. Lekirsisae cradled the foal, protecting it until the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) vet team arrived.

"Yesterday, KWS Northern Kenya Mobile Vet Unit rescued an infant Grevy's zebra foal in Lengardae, Samburu.

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"The heart-warming rescue took place as the orphaned foal was discovered desperately suckling on its mother's carcass, who had tragically succumbed to postpartum complications," said KWS in a post.

The dedicated team acted swiftly to secure the vulnerable foal and took it to the Reteti Animal Rescue Centre.

Margaret Lekirsisae has been a Grevy's Zebra Trust (GZT) scout since 2009 from the Meibae Community Conservancy in Samburu.

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In another rescue mission, the Grevy's Zebra Trust praised the efforts of two schoolboys who spotted another distressed foal stuck in a gulley.

Reporting the situation to the rescue team, the foal was successfully saved by KWS and Andrew Letura, and then joyously reunited with its mother.

These heartwarming stories of rescue and collaboration underscore the term "conservation heroes," celebrating those who go above and beyond to protect and preserve the beauty of Kenya's wildlife.

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The Grevy's Zebra Trust was established in January 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) in the community rangelands of Kenya and Ethiopia.

GZT works in partnership with communities from monitoring Grevy’s zebra through citizen science to co-designing site-specific and tailored solutions to threats facing the species. The organisation seeks ways to use data and information to inform decisions and solutions for positive conservation outcomes.

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