A Special Baby

Tue, 2008-11-11 16:15 by cmoss
Obama on November 5

On the morning of November 5th I got a text message from Soila in Amboseli telling me how happy the whole ATE team was that Obama was elected. Everyone in Kenya was hoping and praying that he would win, not only because he was a "son of Kenya" as people say here, but also because he seemed the right man to make the world a better and more peaceful place. Soila asked: "In honor of his election can we name a calf after him?" I said, of course, it's a great idea.

In the meantime, unbeknownst to us, Norah and Katito had gone out earlier that morning and by the most amazing coincidence they came upon a brand new baby in the OA family and it was a male. Only a few calves are born in November and to have one born in the OA family was just astounding. Not only that, but he was less than 24 hours old which means he was born on November 4th.

He is now called Obama.


Tue, 2012-01-31 22:18 by echo2009

Thank you for this so nice history. I would like to know if Obama is nowadays well. A greeting.


Mon, 2008-12-08 22:43 by Donna

I'm sure our President-to-be will be pleased to learn that there is yet another little Obama in Kenya. I can see him chuckle.


Somebody please tell him

Tue, 2008-12-09 18:06 by Hans


What a wonderful coincidence.

Sat, 2008-11-29 22:08 by kwbridge

What a wonderful coincidence. I hope Obama is still doing well.

Obama for the OAs

Sat, 2008-11-22 13:39 by jpoole

Looking forward to meeting Obama - keep him safe! Joyce

A Special Baby

Thu, 2008-11-13 18:33 by niall anderson

A wonderful coincidence and a fitting tribute. Are the OAs Odette's family?

The OA Family

Fri, 2008-11-14 06:34 by cmoss

Yes, that is Odette's family. It is a family of 25 members and Orlanda is the matriarch. The mother of Obama is Olwen, Orlanda's 25-year-old daughter. Olwen is an experienced mother with three other calves, all males, so Obama has three older brothers.


Sat, 2011-04-23 02:52 by mkennedy

Hey cmoss! You say Orlanda is the matriarch soo may I ask this question: What are her calves names??

Orlanda's Offspring

Tue, 2012-05-22 17:42 by Elephant2011

Orlanda (born in 1955) has had the following calves: Olive (F, born in 1970), Omar(M, born in 1975), Olympia (F, born in 1980), Olwen(F, born in 1983), Obarra (M, born in 1988), and a calf she had in 1996 which died. Of her five offspring; her oldest daughter Olive died along with her during the drought in 2009. Her remaining daughters Olympia (now matriarch) and Olwen are mothers to their own calves. Her sons Obarra and Omar are independent males now.

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