The wound was washed and flushed with tincture of iodine and Oxytetracycline spray administered.
Parenteral long acting Betamox was injected intramuscularly.
The Tsavo mobile vet team while enroute to Amboseli National Park received a report of a sick male lion about 2 years old within Kuku ranch near Tsavo West National Park with signs of dragging its rear feet.
The lion was approached and darted with 150 mg of Ketamine and Xylazine at a ratio of 1:1 mixed in a dan inject dart.
It took about 9 minutes to be fully immobilized and was treated, put in a cage and fed with fresh meat.
- TREATMENT OF A SICK ELEPHANT IN AMBOSELINATIONAL PARK, 13TH AUGUST.
This elephant and its calf were sited moving towards the swamp with a lot of difficulty, hence suspected to be injured below the foot.
Since she was with her calf, both were immobilized and revived together to avoid separation and aggressiveness. The cow was darted first then after it was fully immobilized the calf was also darted, both lay next to each other.
Examination, treatment and Revival
The cow was examined and found to have no outside wounds that require treatment.
The calf too was checked and seemed much in good health.
Nevertheless they benefited from deworming and some multivitamin therapy.
The calf was revived first followed by its mother, both joined up and walked away slowly.
Favorable, looks like this was a case of an old injury which had healed with slight deformity on the hip.
- SUSPECTED CASE MANGE IN AMBOSELI LIONS, 14TH AUGUST.
Mange is a skin condition caused by mites characterized by alopecia, crust formation and itching in most domestic and wild animals also known to affect man.
The lions were spotted in Amboseli National Park, with one showing signs of alopecia around the neck and frequently scratching.
The team managed to locate them after several attempts of attracting the lions by broadcasting sounds of buffalo calf in distress, initially around 24 hyenas rushed to the location but afterwards the three female lionesses strolled slowly towards our direction. One of them was showing signs of alopecia around the neck.
Immobilization and treatment
The lioness was picked as it was the only one showing signs of alopecia around the neck while the other two looked somehow normal.
Darting was done using 300mg of ketamine and an equivalent amount of xylazine in a dan inject dart gun at 09:19 AM and went down at 09:30 AM.
Signs of hair loss and crust formation were evident in the neck region spreading along the back and the ears. There was also scab formation.
2 mls Ivermectin was injected subcutaneously at the neck region and frontline plus 2 tubes applied on the back plus 10 cc amoxicillin injected.
Skin scrapings were collected and placed in 70% alcohol for lab diagnosis.
Revived at 10:20 AM where she joined the two other females and a young male.
Further medical attention to continue after the lab results are out.
- SICK ELEPHANT WITH A KINKED NECK AT ZIWANI NEAR TSAVO WEST, 16TH AUGUST.
This female elephant was sited by the Sheldricks desnaring team who called in the vet team to the site near the park boundary at ziwani ranch. The elephant had its neck kinked to the left, forcing it to walk while facing on the sides. It is suspected to have sustained an injury on the neck.
It was immobilized by a dart filled with etorphine alone, examined for injuries but none was found. It’s thought to have sustained injury of the balance structures in the inner ear or damage to the central nervous system hence loss of the ability to right its head.
Immobilization and Treatment and.
She was immobilized using 14 mgs of etorphine alone.
Examination was done and revealed no wounds but administered with ivermectin and antibiotics.
Revived but could not wake up on its own hence she was assisted by pulling with ropes tied to a vehicle.
She is expected to live normally with the condition.
- DESNARING A WATERBUCK NEAR PARK HEADQUARTERS IN TSAVO EAST, 20TH AUGUST.
The female adult waterbuck was sited by tourists near the water pipeline area within the park with a wire around the neck though not tight.
It was immobilized using 7 mgs etorphine mixed with 40 mgs of xylazine.
Drug effects took about 5 minutes, where she was held down, the wire snare cut and given antibiotic cover.
Revived using Diprenorphine 3 times the etorphine dose.
Prognosis, very good