We had three snare cases in October all in Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary (Salt Lick lodge)
We had three snare cases in October all in Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary (Salt Lick lodge). One was of an elephant calf with a deeply embedded snare in the right hind fore leg. It was reported and treated on the 8th. The mother was very aggressive and charged several times. It completely refused to leave the calf after immobilisation and we had to immobilise it also.
On October 16th, we rescued an elephant calf aged about three weeks from eminent death due to starvation. The calf was very emaciated, weak and dehydrated when we found it near the Voi gate in Tsavo East. A female that was guarding it would make repeated attempts to support it to stand but it was too weak to stand on its own.
On the 19th, KWS rangers at Lake Jipe in Tsavo West reported an adult female elephant carrying an arrow on its left abdomen but we found the arrow had fallen off by the time we arrived. We nevertheless immobilised it and confirmed there was nothing remaining inside.
The Veterinary and Capture Unit at KWS headquarters requested us to be on standby for any emergency that might have arisen during an elephant drive from Ngulia rhino sanctuary between the 24th and 27th.