Another young elephant in severe distress was reported on the 8th of August to the DSWT’s Headquarters at Kaluku in Tsavo East, by the staff of the Tsavo Safari Camp, which is located across the Athi River. The report was given to the KWS/DSWT Mobile Veterinary Unit and the Mtito Anti-Poaching team, who were dispatched to monitor the calf until the veterinary unit could get to the scene. Tsavo is a vast landscape with challenging distances and at the time of the report the mobile veterinary unit was on another call over 150 km away, so they had to quickly make their way by road.
When the vet arrived at the scene the young bull was immediately darted and a large poisoned arrow embedded deep into the calf's leg was located and removed. The necrotic flesh was cut away and the wound was cleaned, before antibiotics were administered and green clay was applied to the wound. When the bull, who although young was now old enough to look after himself, was revived it was evident that the operation had provided instant relief. All at the DSWT are hopeful that this young bull will make a full recovery in time thanks to those who first reported his plight and all those involved in his rescue and treatment.