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Pisa was born to Tokwe on Friday the 13th November 2009 on a hot day, out in the bush. The newborn had a long walk back to the stable, and it is thought that this challenging beginning may have contributed to her sensitive nature. Although she doesn’t enjoy physical affection, she is more tolerant when there is fruit or cubes to be had! Her sister, Limpopo, is by far the more outgoing of the two.
Pisa’s cousin, Mambo, probably has something to do with her tomboyish nature as he ‘plays rough’ with her – pushing her around and climbing on top of her if none of the other elephants will engage him. She, in turn, exhibits this same behavior with Limpopo and Kumbura, pushing them away from the food or charging them if they venture too close to her mother.