Snares are cruel, indiscriminate and illegal
Snares are cruel, indiscriminate and illegal. More often set to trap animals for bushmeat, any passing creature is at risk, and so it was that yesterday morning on the 26th March 2018 our DSWT/KWS Mount Kenya Veterinary Unit attended to a young elephant calf on Elkerama Ranch in Central Kenya that had stepped into a snare. These devices made of wire pull ever tighter around a victim's body as they struggle to free themselves and cause unimaginable pain. This snare had cut deep into the calf's leg, almost to the bone, and there was substantial swelling so it was imperative the team treat the injury to save her leg, and ultimately her life.