Melania Trump loses footing with elephant, but not with kids

Melania Trump loses footing with elephant, but not with kids
First lady Melania Trump walks with singing children as she visits the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Melania Trump briefly lost her footing when a baby elephant startled her with a sudden move, but the first lady was anything but out of step when children at an orphanage welcomed her to their home with African song and dance.

It didn't take long for the typically reserved U.S. first lady to dive fully into the moment.

Mrs. Trump arrived at The Nest orphanage on Friday after helping feed baby elephants, still clad in the riding pants and tall brown boots she had worn on a safari. A group of children who live at the orphanage and had been waiting for their American visitor broke into song and dance.

With a child's hand clasped in each of hers, Mrs. Trump led the group up a walkway toward the home for orphaned infants, sashaying to the music as she approached a bank of waiting news cameras.

The first lady was similarly immersed in the moment earlier at Nairobi National Park, where she had gone early Friday to highlight elephant conservation.

First lady Melania Trump visits the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump visits the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump lifts a baby during a visit to the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump lifts a baby during a visit to the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump holds a baby as she visits the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump holds a baby as she visits the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump observes zebras during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump observes zebras during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump takes photos with her cell phone during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump takes photos with her cell phone during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump looks out over Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, during a safari guided by Nelly Palmeris. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump looks out over Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, during a safari guided by Nelly Palmeris. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump is handed a baby as she visits the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump is handed a baby as she visits the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta, the wife of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, shake hands as first lady Melania Trump arrives at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta, the wife of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, shake hands as first lady Melania Trump arrives at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta, the wife of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, shake hands as first lady Melania Trump arrives at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta, the wife of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, shake hands as first lady Melania Trump arrives at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump smiles as she holds hands with Kenyan children upon her arrival at the Kenya National Theater in Nairobi, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (Dai Kurokawa/Pool via AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump smiles as she holds hands with Kenyan children upon her arrival at the Kenya National Theater in Nairobi, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (Dai Kurokawa/Pool via AP) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump, center-left, sits next to Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, center-right, in the audience as they wait for the children's performance at the Kenya National Theater in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (Dai Kurokawa/Pool via AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump, center-left, sits next to Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, center-right, in the audience as they wait for the children's performance at the Kenya National Theater in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (Dai Kurokawa/Pool via AP) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump with Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya's first lady, pets a baby elephant the at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump with Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya's first lady, pets a baby elephant the at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump laughs after she was nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump laughs after she was nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump watches as caretakers feed baby elephants at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump watches as caretakers feed baby elephants at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump observes zebras during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump observes zebras during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump looks out over Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, during a safari guided by Nelly Palmeris. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump looks out over Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, during a safari guided by Nelly Palmeris. Melania Trump has fed baby elephants as she visits a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady also went on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump is on her first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump observes zebras during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump observes zebras during a safari at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump pets a baby elephant's ear at the David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump pets a baby elephant's ear at the David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump pets a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick, center, and Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, right, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump pets a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick, center, and Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, right, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump pets a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick, center, and Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, right, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump pets a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick, center, and Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, right, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant milk with a bottle, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant milk with a bottle, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump laughs after she was nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump laughs after she was nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump drops the bottle of milk as she feeds it to a baby elephant, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump drops the bottle of milk as she feeds it to a baby elephant, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump reaches out to pet a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick, center, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump reaches out to pet a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick, center, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
A Secret Service agent, left, steps forward to protect U.S. first lady Melania Trump as she steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
A Secret Service agent, left, steps forward to protect U.S. first lady Melania Trump as she steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
A Secret Service agent, left, steps forward to protect U.S. first lady Melania Trump as she steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
A Secret Service agent, left, steps forward to protect U.S. first lady Melania Trump as she steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
A Secret Service agent, left, holds U.S. first lady Melania Trump to protect her as she steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
A Secret Service agent, left, holds U.S. first lady Melania Trump to protect her as she steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump, right in the background, is accompanied by Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, as she watches baby elephants being fed milk by bottle, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump, right in the background, is accompanied by Kenya's first lady Margaret Kenyatta, as she watches baby elephants being fed milk by bottle, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant milk with a bottle, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant milk with a bottle, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump laughs with CEO Angela Sheldrick, right, after Mrs Trump was nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump laughs with CEO Angela Sheldrick, right, after Mrs Trump was nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump is greeted by a flower girl and Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya's first lady as she arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The first lady is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump is greeted by a flower girl and Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya's first lady as she arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The first lady is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
Children gather on the side of the road to see first lady Melania Trump's motorcade travel to Chipala Primary School, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. The children were seen from the media motorcade vehicle accompanying first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Children gather on the side of the road to see first lady Melania Trump's motorcade travel to Chipala Primary School, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. The children were seen from the media motorcade vehicle accompanying first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
Performers dance and sing for first lady Melania Trump and Malawi first lady Gertrude Maseko at the State House, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Performers dance and sing for first lady Melania Trump and Malawi first lady Gertrude Maseko at the State House, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
People gather on the side of the road to see first lady Melania Trump's motorcade travel to Chipala Primary School, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. The group was seen from the media motorcade vehicle accompanying first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
People gather on the side of the road to see first lady Melania Trump's motorcade travel to Chipala Primary School, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. The group was seen from the media motorcade vehicle accompanying first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
First lady Melania Trump, Malawi first lady Gertrude Maseko and performers gather for photographs after a ceremony at the State House, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump, Malawi first lady Gertrude Maseko and performers gather for photographs after a ceremony at the State House, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
People wave as they gather on the side of the road to see first lady Melania Trump's motorcade travel to Chipala Primary School, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. The group was seen from the media motorcade vehicle accompanying first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
People wave as they gather on the side of the road to see first lady Melania Trump's motorcade travel to Chipala Primary School, in Lilongwe, Malawi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Melania Trump is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. The group was seen from the media motorcade vehicle accompanying first lady. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)

Mrs. Trump seemed reticent at first but she eventually stepped down from the platform she was standing on to take a large milk bottle with a big red nipple and feed some of the orphaned elephants being raised at the park a few miles outside of downtown Nairobi.

Soon she was petting and stroking the elephants, smiling and laughing and having a good time.

Her focus on saving elephants seemed at odds with policies put forth by her husband, President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration recently decided to again allow Americans to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport. The administration said removing a ban on elephants imported from Zimbabwe and Zambia and encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened mammals would help raise money for conservation programs.

Trump at first decried lifting the ban, but he did not intervene in a federal agency decision to begin judging the importation of elephant trophies on a "case-by-case basis." Trump's adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, are trophy hunters.

It was the second time in as many days that the first lady promoted policies out of step with her husband's.

A day earlier at a primary school in Malawi, Mrs. Trump highlighted work done by the U.S. Agency for International Development to help improve child literacy in the country. Trump has twice tried unsuccessfully to slash USAID's budget by a third.

After donning a white pith helmet, Mrs. Trump later climbed into an open-air vehicle for the 90-minute safari, taking photos on an iPhone and peering through binoculars for a closer look at zebras, giraffes, impalas, sleeping rhinos and hippos bobbing in water.

She also visited a site where 105 tons of ivory was burned as part of an effort to discourage the trade. Ivory can only be extracted from elephants after they have been killed.

Back at the orphanage, Mrs. Trump left the same way she arrived.

After an outdoor book reading session, she was encircled by the same children she led up the driveway as they sang and danced some more. The first lady was quickly encircled by the gleeful children and she smiled and danced some more.

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