Elephant Cow with an Abnormally Grown Left Tusk The cow, a herd matriarch and estimated to be 35-40 years old, had an abnormally grown left tusk that was curved upwards and then backwards penetrating deeply into the upper jaw
Elephant Cow with an Abnormally Grown Left Tusk The cow, a herd matriarch and estimated to be 35-40 years old, had an abnormally grown left tusk that was curved upwards and then backwards penetrating deeply into the upper jaw.
Injured Elephant bull at Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary This bull had multiple injuries some possibly inflicted by arrows, while the causes of others could not be determined. The wounds were not serious and were not affecting feeding and movement. Treatment was however considered to prevent spread of any infection that could arise if left untreated. It was in a rocky terrain that had dense bush and darting as well as subsequent follow up from a vehicle was not possible. This was therefore done on foot from a distance of about 40 metres while accompanied by a ranger with a heavy calibre rifle. The approach was slow from downwind and out of its sight. Darting elicited an alarm reaction and the elephant ran away. It was followed at a safe distance that could not induce further agitation that would make it run away. It went down after about seven minutes. The wounds were cleaned and treated and an antibiotic cover was given intramuscularly.
Snared Giraffe, elephant calf and two buffaloes at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary These animals were treated on diverse dates this month. The giraffe was carrying a loose wire snare on the right hind leg,
Rescue Operations i)Elephant Calf at Ziwani Swamp The calf (aged about 1½ years) was found at Ziwani swamp just next to the South-Eastern boundary of Tsavo West National Park. It had multiple bite wounds at different parts of the body either sustained from a lion or a hyena attack. It was herded out of the swamp and captured physically before it was sedated to allow examination and treatment of the wounds.
Zebra with Snare at Irima area within Tsavo East National Park The zebra had a trailing but loose wire snare around the neck. It was in a herd of over 30 other zebras at Irima near Voi Safari Lodge.
Elephant Bull with Swollen left hind leg at Taita Ranch The elephant was limping and dragging its left hind leg. Initially, an injury on the spoor was suspected as none could be seen on the other parts of the leg from a distance. Therefore, it was immobilised to enable a close and more detailed examination. Darting was done on foot due to thick vegetation cover that could not allow approach by vehicle. Once immobilised and examined however, no injury, not even a sign of it, was seen but the upper part of the leg was swollen from an undetermined cause which could possibly be an injury sustained long time ago. There was little assistance that could be given other than giving it an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory drug.
Snared Giraffe in Amboseli National Park The giraffe was ensnared around the neck and the medial hoof of the left hind leg by the same winch cable snare. Only a section of the skin was remaining holding the hoof in place, all the other tissues were cut. The hoof sloughed off as the snare was being removed but this is not a problem and the animal will be able to survive on one hoof. Unfortunately, we were unable to give complete treatment as the animal developed respiratory complications and regurgitation.
Cases that did not require Veterinary intervention i)Lioness at Aruba in Tsavo East This lioness was reported at Aruba within Tsavo East National Park. It was in a pride of 5 other females and cubs. It had a laceration on the left hock joint area from a natural cause, possibly while hunting. The injury only involved the skin, was dry and was not affecting movement. Any intervention was considered to be of little assistance and unnecessary stress to the animal.
Progress of Some Animals Treated in August i)Odile; the OB Family Matriarch from Amboseli Odile is the elephant cow treated in August with multiple spear injuries. Two of the spears were still lodged on its head during treatment.