In this video, the SkyVet team arrives on the scene at Oldereski Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya to tend to a mother and baby elephant who had both sustained injuries. A spear was found lodged in the mother’s back while the baby’s leg, which had been trapped in a snare, was festering with infection. After tranquilizing both elephants, the vets were able to treat both of their wounds.
While it is unclear how these elephants ended up with injuries, going off of statistics, it is likely that poaching is to blame. Every 15 minutes, an African elephant is killed for their ivory and scientists estimate that if this rate continues, these animals will be extinct in the next 10 years. Thankfully, rescue teams like the SkyVets who work in partnership with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Fund and the Kenya Wildlife Services, are striving to put a stop to this senseless killing.
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