Treatment of an elephant calf with a wire snare on the trunk in Taita hills sanctuary 23rd March. The young calf accompanied with the mother was sighted in Salt lick watering hole with a tight wire snare around the trunk that nearly severed the trunk. Due to the danger posed by the family especially the mother, she had to be darted to enable the capture of the calf and treatment. Drating of the mother was done using 16 mgs of etorphine alone. The calf was separated, desnared, wounds treated and antibiotics applied. The mother was revived and allowed to rejoin the calf and the family.
Rescue of a recumbent Female elephant in Lualenyi ranch, 24th March. A case of a female tuskless elephant reported within Lualenyi ranch lying down for a whole night. Examination revealed no external wound but a swelling on the left shoulder. Several attempts to assist her up were fruitless as she went down immediately in great pain. A tentative diagnosis and a decision was made to euthanize her. After euthanasia the diagnosis of a complete fracture of the left humeral bone was confirmed.
Autopsy of an elephant carcass in Satao, Tsavo East, 30th March. Satao camp located in the middle southern part of Tsavo east has entered into our records as one of the flash points of poaching related arrow shots. A case in point is of this adult male elephant that collapsed near a water hole in Satao shortly after drinking water. Autopsy revealed an area near the rump that was a typical arrow wound though the arrow head was not retrieved.
Treatment of an Elephant with an arrow wound in Satao, Tsavo east 31st March. A day after the autopsy of the dead elephant in Satao, we were back again to treat a lucky individual. Darting was done using 18 mgs of etorphine and he fell in 8 minutes. Hanging parts of skin and dead flesh on the left side of the abdominal wall were cut off, pus drained and wound cleaned using a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide then finally doused with tincture of iodine. An oxytetracycline spray and green clay was finally applied. He was finally declared out of danger.
Autopsy of a dead elephant calf in Satao, Tsavo east 31st March After saving the massive bull the vet team encountered a dead elephant calf that appeared thin. Post mortem examination revealed deep penetrating wounds on various parts of the body suspected to be due to lion predation attempts. Death was from bacterial septicaemia.
Report by: Dr. Jeremiah Poghon The Mobile Veterinary Unit operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust working with The Kenyan Wildlife Service and funded by Vier Pfoten.