Urgent Elephant Rescue: DSWT Bura De-snaring Team Springs into Action in Taita Hills Conservancy

In a distressing incident reported to the DSWT Bura de-snaring team, an injured elephant bull in Taita Hills Conservancy displayed severe front limb lameness, suggesting a potential snare injury.

Responding promptly to the distress call, the veterinary team was determined to alleviate the elephant’s suffering.

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The rescue mission started with preparing an Etorphine Hcl (M99®) dart containing 18 mg in 1.5 ml.

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Administered through a Dan inject® dart rifle during a vehicle darting operation, the potent sedative took effect in approximately 7 minutes, causing the elephant to recline onto its left flank.

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Upon examination, a deep-cutting snare wound on the front left limb was discovered, actively bleeding.

The dedicated team faced significant resistance while working to free the elephant from the snare.

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The wound underwent careful cleaning with water and hydrogen peroxide, and all necrotic tissues and pus were meticulously removed.

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To support the healing process, the wound was treated with tincture of iodine and covered with green clay.

Intravenous dexamethasone Hcl was administered through the ear vein alongside long-acting antibiotics via intramuscular injections to address potential infections.

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After the medical interventions, the anesthesia was reversed using Diprenorphine at three times the etorphine dose. Though in guarded condition, the bull was assisted in regaining his footing.

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This heroic effort by the veterinary team sheds light on the persistent challenges elephants face in the wild, with snares emerging as a severe threat to their well-being.

The prognosis remains uncertain, underscoring the urgent need for continuous conservation endeavors to protect these majestic creatures from harm.

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