When an elephant calf became stuck in a snare set by poachers in Kᴇɴʏᴀ, veterinarians flew to help the animal. In a remote section of the Tana River in the Ndera Community Conservancy, a newborn elephant was struggling to escape its ankle from a tight rope loop that tied it to a place in the ground.
The elephant was cut free and returned to its mother by Dr. Poghon and his team from the KWS/SWT Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who had flown to the isolated location by heliᴄᴏᴘter.
The team of veterinarians departed to find the elephant calf, whose mother had been seen helplessly observing from some 50 yards away. When the veterinarians arrived, they shot an anesthetic-filled dart at the calf to calm the agitated animal.
The veterinarians approached to examine its wound as the calf fell to the ground. They quickly cut the rope and applied blue antiseptic spray to the elephant’s ear and ankle wounds. The elephant awakened after being successfully set free by the team and gleefully rushed into a grove of adjacent trees.
Amie Alden From Sheldrick Wildlife Trust called the use of snares by poachers as an “absolutely horrible ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛ to wildlife.” Elephants may go extinct within the next ten years as a result of illegal poaching and other issues, according to experts.
Like many of its African counterparts, Kᴇɴʏᴀ is attempting to strike a balance between safeguarding its animals and controlling the ʀɪsᴋs they bring when they invade populated areas in search of food and water.