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Alvin And The Elephant Trunk Get Nosey

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Have you ever imagined how an elephant trunk smells and would feel like on your nose?

A video is going round on social media of a young TV reporter with an elephant trunk on his nose as he narrates the elephant and the drought story in Kenya.
Alvin Kaunda is an intern as a TV reporter at KBC Channel 1. On this day (11th November, 2022) he was working on a feature story about drought and its effects on wild animals. He decided to feature David Sheldrick Wildlife trust who care for young orphaned elephants due to the drought. On concluding the feature, he decided to get closer to the animals for a better story impact.

How it happened

I wanted a very nice background with the elephants. I’d kept my distance but I was so focused and didn’t even realize they were getting close’. Alvin adds that he was more focused on the peace to camera and never imagined such a thing would occur. He was more scared to miss the story as he had memorized it after having 10 unsuccessful takes.

I felt the ticklish trunk but just tried to keep my cool. It actually didn’t have any smell. I’m sure if it had a foul smell it would have really distracted me. It wasnt normal, but I liked the experience.
Alvin grew up watching documentaries. He loves animals so much and this was a dream come true trip and feature.
‘I have set my target of getting close to the big five. So far only two are left; the Lion and the Leopard.

Drought and the Wildlife in Kenya

Currently wild animals are dying at an alarming rate due to the ravaging drought. So far 205 elephant deaths have been recorded, 512 wildebeests, 381 common zebras, 51 buffaloes, 49 Grevys zebras and 12 giraffes in Kenya according to the Kenya wildlife report. This is primarily due to four seasons without adequate rain in the last two years.
As an urgent intervention, experts have recommended provision of water and salt licks in impacted regions notably the Amboseli, Likipia Samburu area and Tsavo.

Did you know that elephants drink up to 60 gallons of water a day?

Kindly share this article to create more awareness of the current situation in Kenya and press for more interventions.

By MajiMaji Julius Ondijo

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