Rescued elephant calf 'Amanzi' dies

2016-03-04 09:00
Amanzi the rescued elephant. (Elephants Alive, Facebook)

Amanzi the rescued elephant. (Elephants Alive, Facebook)

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Durban - An elephant calf, rescued after falling into a dam near the Phalaborwa Copper Mine last month, has died. 

The calf, affectionately named Amanzi, died on Wednesday, according to Elephants Alive. 

Amanzi, the IsiZulu word for water, fell into a holding dam near the Phalaborwa Copper Mine on February 16. 

It is believed the elephant herd was in search of water due to the current drought crisis. A video emerged on social media showing the rescue being conducted.

Via their Facebook page, Elephants Alive reported that the elephant had died on Wednesday afternoon. 

“It's with a heavy heart that we have to let you know that dear little Amanzi has passed away,” they wrote. 

“It is with great sadness that we say farewell to this beautiful baby elephant, as many of you know he has touched everyone who has come to hear of him and his story and we thank everyone for all the support and love given to help this calf.

“Thank you to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre for your complete dedication given to Amanzi's care and comfort, to the vet Peter Rogers and his team for your experience and constant watch, care and attention and to every single person who has donated towards his formula and who has been supporting Amanzi every step of the way,” they wrote. 

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