In a recent development at Olarro Conservancy, a solitary bull elephant has caught conservationists’ attention due to a troubling wound on its right foreleg near the shoulder and a minor discharge wound on its right thigh.
The Olarro Conservancy rangers promptly sought assistance from the Mobile Veterinary Unit to address the situation despite the elephant appearing in good health.
The critical intervention involved chemical restraint administered through an 18mg Etorphine hydrochloride injection delivered by a 3ml dan-inject dart from a vehicle.
Within 12 minutes, the elephant assumed sternal recumbency, allowing for a thorough examination and treatment of the wounds.
The injuries were identified as a septic spear wound on the right foreleg and a deep penetrating wound, likely a gunshot, on the left thigh.
The dedicated team debrided the wounds with hydrogen peroxide, rinsed them with clean water, disinfected them using a tincture of iodine, and applied Cloxacillin ointment. Additionally, Oxytetracycline topical spray was used.
The bull received Amoxicillin antibiotics and Flunixin anti-inflammatories through parenteral administration.
Notably, the lodged object in the wounds was deemed non-disturbing to the elephant’s everyday activities.
To complete the procedure, the anesthesia was reversed by administering 42mg of Diprenorphine hydrochloride through the jugular vein. Remarkably, the bull woke up and moved away just three minutes later.
This timely and skillful intervention highlights the commitment of Olarro Conservancy and the Mobile Veterinary Unit to the well-being of the wildlife under their care.
The incident serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by these majestic creatures and the tireless efforts required to ensure their survival.
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