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Famous Orphan Elephant Dies Suddenly

Animals  (tags: sadness, grief, death of orphan calf, illness, themba, rip, bond, albert, merino sheep )

- 3361 days ago -
THE sudden death of a world famous little elephant has left staff feeling bereft at the Shamwari Game Reserve near Paterson in the Eastern Cape. Themba the elephant, who has appeared on DStv's Animal Planet, received global media coverage on the special


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Sharon Jacobs-salinas (33)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 8:18 am
So sad, poor baby...RIP and t/y Simone...'noted'

Elaine R (132)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 8:25 am

NoEmailsPls W (95)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 9:26 am
Poor little chap. It sounds as though he was well cared for during his short life. I bet little Albert is missing him.

Patricia C (96)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 12:04 pm
Oh, this is sad. For Albert as well....thanks Simone, for sharing.

Maureen N (0)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 2:10 pm
Poor little Themba. This is very, very sad and I wonder how Albert will handle this. Torsion of the bowel is very severe and common in many animals - it nearly killed our German Shepherd.

Rob Stradmeijer (0)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 2:13 pm
So sad please read at

Eric Gilmartin (361)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 2:40 pm
Very sad, a short life of hardship is ended, but life itself is eternal (we have to think about it that way). The closet druid in me suspects he's already working on making a comeback, possibly as another elephant, but who's to say he won't reappear as a human who works in animal welfare? *wink*

beba h (89)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 2:44 pm
I am so sorry for the loss of little Themba--I lost my kitty a few weeks ago and am still grieving--it is like losing a child--really,really heartbreaking !!

Allison I (18)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 3:01 pm
Aw, too sad. ):

Peggy A (109)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 4:04 pm
So very sad.At least he had some happiness,which some elephants never attain,like the circus elephants. "RIP" THEMBA

gail dair (0)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 11:09 pm
noted thankyou

gerlinde p (161)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 12:57 am
very sad story RIPthemba

Elainna Crowell (174)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 1:07 am
So very sad. Poor little elephant, but at least he was loved & cared for. RIP Themba

Thursday February 11, 2010, 4:33 am
This is so very sad.

N. D (15)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 7:51 am
sadly noted

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 12:14 pm
Life is fragile even for precious Themba :-( who is now happily free to be with his mother !
Care Takers of ele's @Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo could have prevented Themba's mother from falling down a cliff by fencing off that area.
Thanks Simone

Alicia V (181)
Thursday February 11, 2010, 6:54 pm
Rest in peace litlle one. Sadly noted.

Cheree M (46)
Friday February 12, 2010, 1:23 pm
Sadly Noted.

Kay F (550)
Monday February 15, 2010, 1:21 pm
RIP dear Themba. Noted with tears, thanks Simone.
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