A three month old calf with a poisonous arrow wound

On the 19th of July a report was received by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Mobile Veterinary unit in Tsavo East National Park of a small elephant calf still with its herd but obviously injured

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On the 19th of July a report was received by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Mobile Veterinary unit in Tsavo East National Park of a small elephant calf still with its herd but obviously injured. Once they located the calf closer inspection revealed a three month elephant with a suspected arrow injury on left hind leg that was heavily infected. The calf was walking with a marked limp and pus could be seen discharging from afar. The family was very protective and would not leave the calf after it had been darted and as a result the vet had to dart the mother too in order to drive the rest of the family members away. After treatment, both were revived simultaneously and immediately joined the family unit that was waiting close by. The family is still being searched for to assess progress at the time of preparing this report.

Please click here to view the July Mobile Veterinary Unit Report.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Mobile Veterinary Unit is funded by Vier Photen.