Wildlife Warriors: DSWT’s Lifesaving Rescue of an Injured Elephant in Tsavo West

In a remarkable rescue mission on September 26, 2023, the dedicated team at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) sprang into action to save an injured elephant bull in Tsavo West.

Despite a severe wound to its trunk, this resilient creature emerged as the hero of an uplifting recovery story, thanks to the swift intervention of the DSWT team.

The operation unfolded as the DSWT Mobile Vet Team promptly responded to a distress call regarding the injured elephant.

Utilizing a helicopter, they located the bull from above and administered a carefully measured 20 mg dose of Etorphine Hcl to immobilize it. In just 12 minutes, the team achieved full restraint, allowing them to position the bull for examination using ropes gently.

Upon inspection, veterinarians uncovered a deep and extensive wound reaching the upper part of the elephant’s trunk.

The severity of the injury suggested a potential tusk injury resulting from a bullfight, with the wound being substantial enough to accommodate a two-foot-long forceps.

The bull received a 100ml dose of Amoxicillin (Betamox LA®) to prevent potential bacterial infections. Additionally, a soothing green clay paste was applied to the wound, promoting healing and reducing the risk of infection.

Thanks to the prompt response and effective treatment by the DSWT Mobile Vet Team, the injured elephant bull received the essential care it needed.

This compassionate effort ensures the bull’s recovery and eventual return to its natural habitat.

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