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Melania Trump feeds baby elephants in Kenya

Correspondents with the US first lady say she's never appeared so delighted as she's been on her trip to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Cairo.

US First Lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on 5 October 2018.  Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - United States first lady Melania Trump appeared to take it in her stride when she was nearly upended by a baby elephant she was feeding in Kenya.

Correspondents with her say she's never appeared so delighted as she's been on her trip to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Cairo.

President Donald Trump triumphantly tweeted that it’s a beautiful thing to see how well his wife is doing in Africa.

Kenya’s first lady Margaret Kenyatta was the soul of hospitality when taking her American counterpart around an elephant orphanage, where a laughing Melania nearly lost her footing.

Her solo safari, which ends in Egypt, has shown her interest in conservation, education, children’s welfare and tourism.

But many have not forgotten the president’s foul-mouthed and contemptuous dismissal of them earlier this year.

Trump has not visited Africa since taking office in 2017. In January US media reported widely that he described African states as “shithole countries” during a discussion with lawmakers about immigration. He has denied making the remark.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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