Brave Aerial Rescue: Vet Flies to Save Injured Elephant in Amboseli National Park

In a high-stakes operation, a veterinary expert from Tsavo was airlifted by a DSWT (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust) plane to Amboseli National Park to attend to a distressed elephant bull displaying alarming signs of injury.

The senior warden of Amboseli National Park alerted authorities about the lone bull’s struggle near Kimana gate, battling to walk with an evident injury to one of its limbs.

Upon arrival, the vet discovered the majestic bull beneath a tree, visibly injured and alone. Swiftly, darting equipment and immobilization drugs were prepared, successfully administering 18 mg of Etorphine to the elephant.

The bull descended into lateral recumbency, enabling the vet to examine and treat a deep penetrating wound on its left hind leg, just above the sole area, with pus visibly oozing out.

Assisted by a dedicated team, the vet meticulously cleaned the wound, removed necrotic tissues, and applied green clay for protection.

Long-acting antibiotics were administered intramuscularly, and dexamethasone Hcl was given intravenously through the ear. The suspected cause of the injury, a spear, added urgency and concern to the rescue mission.

Following the successful treatment, the team withdrew, allowing the vet to administer the reversal drug.

The anesthesia was reversed using three times the Etorphine dose with Diprenorphine.

Despite evident struggle, the massive elephant stood up and walked away slowly.

The prognosis remains guarded due to a joint infection, requiring repeat treatment for improved chances of healing.

This daring rescue mission highlights wildlife conservation teams’ unwavering dedication and prompt action to safeguard the well-being of iconic creatures like the injured elephant bull in Amboseli National Park.

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How much does an elephant weigh?

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Elephants, the largest land animals, vary in weight by species and age. African elephants can weigh between 5,000 to 14,000 pounds (2,268 to 6,350 kilograms), with males generally heavier than females. Asian elephants are smaller, with males weighing 4,500 to 11,000 pounds (2,041 to 4,990 kilograms) and females between 3,000 to 6,000 pounds (1,361 to 2,722 kilograms).

How long are elephants pregnant?

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Elephants have one of the longest gestation periods among mammals, lasting between 18 to 22 months. African elephants typically have a gestation period of about 22 months, while Asian elephants are pregnant for about 18 to 22 months. This lengthy pregnancy allows the calf to develop fully, ensuring it is relatively mature and can walk soon after birth.

How long do elephants live?

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Elephants are known for their long lifespans. In the wild, African elephants typically live between 60 to 70 years, while Asian elephants have a lifespan of about 48 to 60 years. In captivity, elephants may live longer due to regular veterinary care and the absence of predators, although their longevity can vary based on living conditions.

What do elephants eat?

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Elephants are herbivores and primarily eat plant-based foods. Their diet includes grasses, leaves, bark, fruits, and roots. African elephants tend to consume more grass, while Asian elephants eat more woody plants. An adult elephant can eat up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food each day.

Where do elephants live?

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Elephants live in various habitats across Africa and Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, African elephants inhabit savannas, forests, deserts, and marshes, including countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa. Asian elephants are found in forests, grasslands, and scrublands across 13 South and Southeast Asian countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia. Their habitats range from dense tropical forests to open grasslands, depending on the availability of food and water.

Are elephants afraid of mice?

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The idea that elephants are afraid of mice is a popular myth with no scientific backing. Elephants have poor eyesight, making it unlikely they would even notice a small mouse. Any reactions to sudden movements are more likely due to surprise rather than fear of the mouse. Elephants are primarily concerned with larger threats, such as predators or humans.

Are elephants endangered?

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Elephants are considered endangered. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists African elephants as vulnerable, while forest elephants, a subspecies, are critically endangered. Asian elephants are classified as endangered. Major threats include habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching for ivory.

Do female elephants have tusks?

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In African elephants, both males and females typically have tusks. In contrast, in Asian elephants, only some males have tusks, while females usually do not. Female Asian elephants may have small tusk-like structures called tushes, often not visible outside the mouth.