"The Mango Diaries"...Part 2...Wellington's Story.
Those of you who enjoyed "The Mango Diaries"...part 1, may be eagerly awaiting the next installment in the ongoing saga of Wonky Tusk and family and their annual adventures at Mfuwe Lodge. Whilst we now have to be patient and wait for the wild mangoes to ripen, and for the family to start to visit regularly...we thought that a little background and history might make the wait a little easier....
So...with that in mind...here is Part 2..."Wellington's Story".
Wellington is Wonky Tusk's youngest, and possibly last calf (after all she is getting on a bit!) He was born, we think, on the 31st October 2009. On that eventful day we heard a tremendous amount of trumpeting and squealing from Wonky and family, who were spotted rushing around in the woodland opposite the lodge viewing deck. Through binoculars a tiny baby could be seen wobbling around and sticking very close to old Wonky...
Less than two days later she strolled into the lodge grounds accompanied by her latest little, grey "bundle of joy"... A very proud mum, eager to show off her new son...who wasn't quite up the task of climbing the lodge steps!
For the next couple of months the new bouncing baby became a regular visitor along with mum and various relatives. He soon learned to negotiate the steps, often with the aid of a helpful trunk or a gentle kick, and rapidly became a star attraction for the lodge guests and staff.
It didn't take long to dream up a suitable name for such a precocious infant...after all, the rains had just arrived, and Wellies had become the order of the day....and, like the famous duke, he does have a rather large and prominent nose!
And so "Wellington" (or Wellie) it was....and ever since he has been a regular guest at Mfuwe Lodge and has continued to delight everyone with his rather cheeky antics. Over the past three years he has grown rapidly and now has the beginnings of a fine pair of tusks (with no sign of them being wonky!)
He has already starred in 'movies', been featured in magazine articles, is the subject of an illustrated children's book....and even has the 'World Ironman Champion', Chrissie Wellington, following his progress! We now look forward to this years continuing story...
To see Wellie in action, or sample "Wellington Gets the Boot"....go to