An Extremely Weak And Hungry Three-Month-Old Elephant Was Rescued After Being Found Alone

A three-month-old baby elephant that was spotted wandering the Maputo Special Reserve by itself has been saved. The little infant has been stabilized and is waiting on the required permits to be transferred to a Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Aғʀɪᴄᴀn hospital for specialized care in preparation for ultimate release back into the wild.

Members of the Muvucuza Community in the Maputo Special Reserve arrived first and informed rangers about the newborn elephant that was wandering alone. Since the baby elephant would have undoubtedly perished without their intervention, these community members deserve special recognition and gratitude.

A team led by the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) of Mᴏᴢᴀᴍʙɪǫᴜᴇ, Saving the Survivors, Dyck Advisory Group, and Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) rapidly responded.

The calf had likely been left alone for around three days because it was found to be quite weak and hungry. For several hours, according to veterinarian Dr. Joo Almeida of Saving the Survivors, the situation was precarious. Fluids were given intravenously right away, but specialized fresh milk had to be airlifted in from Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Aғʀɪᴄᴀ.

Now that the baby elephant has gradually acquired strength, there is a good chance that it will live. The young elephant is currently being given frequent bottle feedings and a lot of fluids. She has begun passing feces and is sleeping well, both of which are encouraging signals.

Elephants seldom abandon their young, according to a PPF technical advisor working in the Maputo Special Reserve, who also suggested that the infant may have been ill for some time. He continued by saying that maintaining the reserve’s biodiversity depends on everyone working together to safeguard the species there.

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