MONTHLY REPORT - VETERINARY CLINICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR THE SOUTHERN CONSERVATION AREA (MVU) – APRIL 2016
Report by; Dr. Michael Njoroge
The SCA mobile Vet Unit was faced with a reduced number of cases within the ecosystem attributed to the rains within the area.
CASE#1 TREATMENT OF A SPEARED ELEPHANT
Date: 21st April 2016
Age: 17 yrs
Location: Amboseli National Park
This male was spotted whilst searching for a reported injured elephant which had been treated earlier. It had a fairly large swelling on the left fore limb and a spear injury to the right hip. He was also severely limping.
Immobilization, examination and treatment
The bull was immobilized with 16mg EtorphineHcl in a 3 ml Dan - inject dart using the Dan Inject system from a vehicle.
After 10 minutes, the bull went recumbent but on the left side and was thus flipped over for thorough examination and treatment. The trunk was maintained patent using a piece of stick placed across the nostril entrances. The temperature was high hence plenty of water was doused on the elephant to keep the body temperatures low. The ears were used as blindfold.
On physical examination the elephant the left forelimb was swollen but no physical injury could be seen. The wound to the hip was most likely inflicted by a spear but had healed with time. It was suspected that the swelling could have been caused by trauma. The elephant was injected with 100 ml Betamox L.A and 100 ml Flunixine meglumine at different sites intramuscularly. The entire operation lasted about 20 minutes.
The anesthetic was reversed using 48mg Diprenorphine Hydrochloride. The elephant took 4 minutes to get up and walk away from the site.
CASE#2 RESCUE OF ELEPHANT AT AMBOSELI
Date: 23rd April 2016
Age: Infant (4 months)
Location: Amboseli National Park
A young elephant was reported abandoned in Amboseli ecosystem in a swampy wet area around Risa village by big life rangers. The mother could not be traced hence reunion was impossible. A decision was made to relocate him the DSWT stockade at Nairobi National park for care and nurturing.
As this was a young elephant he was easily captured using physical restraints. Using a land cruiser the young elephant was relocated to a safe, warm holding ground awaiting relocation to Nairobi. The DSWT arranged for a chattered aircraft tio relocate the elephant to the Nairobi stockade.
The elephant was collected early on the morning hours of 24-4-16 and airlifted to Nairobi.
The elephant is in good health and chances of survival are high
CASE#3 HUMAN WILDLIFE CONFLICT – AARDVARK ROAD ACCIDENT
Date: 24th April 2016
Location: Amboseli-Kimana gate road, Amboseli Ecosystem
A male aardvark was spotted by the veterinary team while on their normal routine patrol. It is likely to have been hit by a car on road in the early morning hours.
The aardvark was recumbent and immobile hence immobilization was not necessary for examination and assessment.
On physical examination the aardvark had suffered from compound fractures to the hind limbs and left forelimb, as well as head and spinal injury. A decision to euthanize the aardvark was made since no successful clinical intervention could be done.
The Southern Conservation Area Mobile Veterinary Unit is grateful to all individuals and organisations that played a role in assisting us towards achieving our goal. Many thanks to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, The Samuel J and Ethel Lefrak charitable trust and The Kenya Wildlife Service for their continued support to this unit which aims at immediate response to clinical intervention, wildlife rescues and alleviating wildlife suffering. Many thanks to the TCA mobile veterinary unit and the Sky vet for holding brief while we were away.