The African elephant population has been dealt a huge blow by illegal poaching. It is estimated that one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for their ivory. Luckily, animal conservation organizations like the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) are working diligently to put an end to this senseless killing.
In addition to providing a home for the orphan victims of the ivory trade, DSWT works with Kenya’s Wildlife Services to provide mobile vet care for animals who have been injured by poaching attempts. Poachers commonly wound their targets with poison arrows and leave them to wander until they ultimately collapse and die. The mobile vet team can keep the latter from happening by responding to the scene before too much harm is done.
This video shows the rescue of a young elephant who walked into a snare trap. These sort of traps can be very harmful to animals as they will become embedded in the flesh over time causing blood infections, permanent wounding, and eventually death.
It’s so heartbreaking to watch the calf’s mother try in vain to prop him up after he falling in the trap, but luckily the mobile vets rush in to solve the problem in a hurry! The baby and his mother both needed to be tranquilized to carry out the successful rescue, after which, they were released back into the wild safe and sound.