BBC2’s latest nature documentary, “The Equator From The Air,” showcases stunning aerial footage of the intricate relationship between humans and animals in the Equator region.
In a recent episode, veterinarians urgently come to the aid of an injured elephant in Kenya who was wounded by a local farmer’s arrow.
Wildlife cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan accompanies the ground team after using a helicopter to assist in separating the wounded elephant from its herd.
Watch the video at the end.
In Sunday’s episode of the Equator From The Air, vets have to tranquilize an elephant, pictured on the floor next to one of the jeeps, so they can remove an arrow from its side. Source: Daily Mail
The elephant, depicted in the picture, was shot by farmers in Kenya. The vets had to first chase off another animal attempting to help the injured elephant before they could approach it. This incident, as reported by the Daily Mail, exemplifies the strong bonds among these highly social creatures. The team managed to successfully sedate the injured elephant with a tranquilizer dart, despite the presence of its companion. Once the persistent companion was finally chased away, Dr. Limo was able to treat the sedated elephant and remove a barbed arrow from its side.
The vets on the ground, pictured, rely on the loud noise from the helicopter to help them separate the injured elephant from the herd.
Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan, who is pictured in Kenya where he helped with an elephant, discovered that the Mara Elephant Project had found 120 elephant carcasses before they acquired a helicopter. (Source: Daily Mail)
After just 45 minutes, the elephant had been treated and was able to rejoin its herd. Buchanan stresses the significance of preserving space for migratory animals, such as elephants.
Gordon also watches vets help a baby elephant, pictured after its trunk gets stuck in a snare. Source: Daily Mail
Snare traps can be deadly for calves, as shown in the picture, but miraculously one calf survives and is reunited with its mother. Source: Daily Mail
Later in the episode, the rescue team receives a distress call about a baby elephant with a snare trapped on its trunk. The emotional rescue is captured on camera, with the calf ultimately being reunited with its mother.
Gordon learns that elephants are often forced into contact with farmers who depend on the land and can trample on their crops. Pictured is the calf that injured its trunk. Source: Daily Mail
During a flight in Kenya, Gordon was delighted to see a large herd, as shown in the picture, which included many young animals. This information was obtained from the Daily Mail as a source.
The series also examines the obstacles faced by both humans and animals in places like the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda and the tropical rainforests of Gabon.
In the episode, Gordon (pictured) visits the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement camp in Uganda and discovers how people are using GPS and smartphones to map the area. This information was sourced from the Daily Mail.
The show emphasizes the significance of striking a balance between human necessities and wildlife preservation in these fragile ecosystems.
Watch the video below: