Resilience Unveiled: A Majestic Elephant’s Triumph Over a Silent Threat

In the heart of an elephant sanctuary, a proud bull stood amidst a gathering of twenty elephants, his silhouette bearing a peculiar sight—a noticeable swelling on the left side of his breast.

Above it, a more minor yet ominous wound added to the concern of caretakers, prompting them to swiftly seek assistance from the veterinary unit for their ailing giant.

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Within the expansive herd, this noble creature was discovered peacefully grazing amid lush vegetation near a slightly dense acacia bush.


The pronounced swelling on his breast hinted at an underlying issue, accompanied by a modest discharging wound slightly dorsal to the bulge.

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A delicate operation unfolded to address the majestic beast’s ailment—a chemical restraint. Using cutting-edge techniques, precisely measured 15 milligrams of etorphine hydrochloride were delivered via a specially designed dart from a distant vehicle.

Patience was essential as the potent drug took a mere eight minutes to render the elephant into a state of serene right lateral recumbency. Reluctantly, the herd bid farewell to their fallen companion.


Upon closer examination, a poignant narrative unfolded—a substantial swelling housing purulent matter just ventral to an aged septic wound.

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The culprit, suspected to be an evil arrow, was nowhere to be found, leaving only the aftermath of its toxic journey.

Undeterred, the veterinary team meticulously opened the ventral part of the abscess, initiating a therapeutic cascade as pus drained away.


With water cleansing the affected area, a thorough lavage performed a masterful curettage, removing debris and purifying the wounded region.

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The healing ritual continued with applying hydrogen peroxide and tincture of iodine, ensuring the elimination of necrotic tissue and establishing a pristine environment for recovery.

Nature’s remedy, green clay, was gently packed into the void, an absorbent ally in expelling toxins and expediting the healing journey.


Further aiding the majestic patient, a regimen of 30,000 milligrams of amoxicillin antibiotics and 5,000 milligrams of flunixin meglumine anti-inflammatory was administered parenterally, fortifying the creature’s resilience.

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The culmination of this healing odyssey was marked by the judicious administration of 42 milligrams of diprenorphine hydrochloride through a prominent ear vein.

With grace, the elephant awoke just three minutes after the reversal, ready to rejoin the harmonious tapestry of his elephantine kin.


In the vast canvas of the animal kingdom, this tale stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication of humans and the resilience of nature’s magnificent creatures.

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