In the reporting period, there were a total of 16 reports of incidences of animal injuries reported to the unit of which 12 were successfully found and appropriate interventions done
Snaring was most common at Taita salt lick sanctuary with 5 of the cases occurring there. The exception was the lion which was at Taita ranch. The snares in the two elephants were tight but had not inflicted any injury.
The same was the case in one of the zebras. However, the other zebra was pulling a log from the abdomen and though the snare was still very fresh when sighted, it had inflicted some mild injury. The buffalo was in thickets where the search was difficult. The sanctuary scouts will monitor it and report back when it appears in a relatively better terrain. Unfortunately for the adult lioness which was on heat and in the company of a male lion and got snared while being watched by the Taita ranch lion research team, it died just a few minutes before we arrived. Soon after being entrapped by the snare which was tied to a piece of wood, the lioness got excited and started to run around. In the process, the piece of wound got entangled onto a tree prompting the lioness to struggle and strangulated itself to death.