Heartwarming Rescue: Young Elephant Saved Along Mzima Springs – Mombasa Water Pipeline

A heartwarming rescue mission unfolded recently along the Mzima Springs – Mombasa water pipeline, drawing attention to the dedicated efforts of a vet team and conservationists.

Tourists alerted authorities when they discovered a young elephant in distress, stranded in a shallow watering point along the pipeline.

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Swift action was crucial, prompting the immediate mobilization of a vet team supported by the Voi Stockade Team.

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On arrival, the young elephant was found weak and lying near the water source. It was evident that the animal required urgent assistance to survive.

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The priority was transporting the elephant to the Voi stockade for critical treatment. At the fence, veterinarians administered a 50% dextrose bolus IV for a rapid energy boost.

A slow IV lactated Ringer’s solution was also provided through the ear vein to rehydrate the weakened elephant.

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After five hours of dedicated treatment, the young elephant exhibited signs of improvement and managed to stand up—a hopeful development in its recovery.

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The elephant received extended treatment, including long-acting Amoxicillin and Dexamethasone, to support its recovery journey further.

The path to full recovery is ongoing, with continuous treatment, feeding, and care, including a diet of Lucerne and other concentrates.

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Despite a guarded prognosis, the elephant responds positively to treatment, showing promising improvement.

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The successful rescue and treatment of the young elephant highlight the unwavering dedication and expertise of the vet team and conservationists involved.

Their rapid response gave the elephant a fighting chance at survival. As treatment efforts persist, there’s optimism for a complete recovery, securing the well-being and future of this majestic creature in the wild.

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