The wonderful caretakers at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) saved another majestic elephant from certain death. A young calf on Elkerama Ranch in Central Kenya was spotted suffering from a severe leg injury, caused by a snare that had cut so deep it had made its way to the bone. Something had to be done immediately, but there were very specific steps that had to be taken to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Like most mothers, elephants are very protective of their young so the first step was darting the mom so they could gain access to the baby. Next, the DSWT/Kenya Wildlife Services Mount Kenya Vet Unit, led by Dr. Mijele, performed a quick operation to remove the snare from the calf’s leg. They then applied antibiotics and covered the wound using a natural green clay that helps the healing process. The final step was bringing the little one back to the mother so that when she awoke, her baby would be right by her side.
The vet unit reports that while the wound will take time to heal, the calf will make a full recovery! Additionally, they will be monitoring the sweet duo closely to ensure all goes well. Hats off to everyone involved in this awesome rescue mission. We are so glad this baby was given the best chance at full recovery!
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