In elephant rescues, a historic event unfolded on September 12, starring none other than the spirited Ndotto.
Rescued as a tiny newborn, Ndotto has grown to be a notable member of our Voi herd, displaying both stature and a distinct personality.
However, his exuberance led to an extraordinary situation on this particular day.
The unusual incident began when Keepers noticed Ndotto fidgeting with his trunk. While it’s common for elephants to encounter debris in their trunks, Ndotto’s persistent struggles hinted at a unique challenge.
Witnessing his attempt to use his tusk to dislodge an obstruction, the Keepers decided it was time to intervene.
To their surprise, an inspection revealed that Ndotto had inhaled a relatively large stone, wedging it about seven inches deep into his trunk.
Distressed, Ndotto resisted assistance, prompting the Keepers to seek expert help.
Responding promptly, the SWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Vet Unit, stationed in Voi, arrived at the scene.
Dr. Limo immobilized Ndotto in front of the Voi stockades while other orphans curiously observed, understanding intuitively that help was coming.
The vet team skillfully extracted the stone from Ndotto’s trunk using long forceps. Despite a minor injury, prompt treatment with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories ensured his swift recovery.
In no time, Ndotto was back on his feet, liberated from his unexpected nasal accessory.
Ndotto’s misadventure underscores the inquisitive nature of elephants, particularly one as nosy as him.
While his curiosity has always been endearing, this escapade might teach Ndotto to exercise more caution about sticking his trunk where it doesn’t belong!
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