Dianne Bradshaw

MMAA BCTC BTPA CNHC

Practitioner of the McTimoney and Bowen techniques for relief of pain in humans and animals

Orphaned Baby Elephants

I was lucky enough to go on a fantastic Busman's Holiday a few years ago with a group of Therapists who were going to work with the David Sheldrick Widlife Trust in Kenya treating their baby elephants who had been orphaned in many different circumstances.

They had often fallen down wells and had to be hauled back up, or had become stuck in the mud surrounding the ever diminishing water holes.  Sometimes these orphans had followed children home from school, having lost their own herd and family they were searching for company wherever they could. Our role as Therapists were to help with the physical injuries these tiny elephants had sustained but more to deal with the emotional trauma they were undergoing in being separated from their close family groups.

Bowen Therapy was an ideal treatment to use as I had seen fantastic results in my Human patients as well as all the animals I had already treated and it was an amazing experience gaining the trust and treating these tiny orphans, some being as young as 6 weeks old.  It was not dissimilar in the end to working in a kindergarten while treating one young orphan a second would come along pushing it away and using it's tiny trunk to get your attention to treat them instead please!

We were only there for one short week but it was a truly humbling experience to meet the keepers who sleep in the stable with these youngsters feeding them every few hours and settling them when they wake with their nightmare memories. While there I also met Giraffes at Giraffe Manor and Education Centre in Karen named after Karen Blixen of "Out of Africa" fame and I actually got to palpate a beautiful Cheetah from the Nairobi Orphanage who gently flicked her tail, purred as loudly as a lion's roar and lifted her chin for that extra scratch just like my cats at home will do.

All in all a holiday I will never forget and of course I returned to the UK having adopted Elephant Twins "Pesi" and "Kavu"!

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