Timely Rescue: Baby Elephant with Snare Wound Receives Life-Saving Treatment

In a field, there was an elephant mother and her baby who had been stationary for some time. Unfortunately, a snare had caused a deep wound in the baby elephant’s lower limb, rendering him immobile. The herd left the injured baby elephant behind, but the mother remained with him. Villagers informed the wildlife office, and the officers arrived promptly. They decided to sedate the baby elephant and move the mother away during treatment. To achieve this, they prepared a sedative drug and darted the baby elephant with it using a tranquillizer gun. Despite the team’s attempts to move the mother elephant, she refused to leave her baby’s side. The only option left was to sedate her too, which the vet did successfully. Initially, the mother elephant appeared partially sedated, but eventually, she became fully sedated and was moved away from her baby. During the dry season, wild animals, especially elephants, venture into villages looking for food, leading them to get caught in snares, trap guns, and jaw bombs set up to catch smaller animals. Snares are inexpensive and easy to make and involve wire or cable nooses anchored somewhere. When an animal runs or walks over the trap, the noose tightens around its body, neck, or limb, immobilizing it. Although snares are effective, they are inhumane and illegal. After fully sedating both elephants, the wildlife team put a rope around the injured baby elephant, moved him away from his mother, and carefully laid him on the ground. They then cut off the snare using a plier, cleaned the wound with hydrogen peroxide and saline, and wiped it off using cotton wool. The team covered the baby elephant’s eyes to prevent him from panicking while handling his wound. This is necessary because baby elephants are like human babies, and they may react adversely when someone meddles with their wounds.

In the meantime, the veterinarians concocted a blend of povidone-iodine and negasunt powder and applied it gently around the wound on the elephant’s limb using cotton. The wound appears to be causing significant discomfort to the young elephant, which is why it is making inarticulate sounds, perhaps to express pain. Despite this, the veterinarians continued treating the wound and sprinkled more negasunt powder on it. It is their sole objective to provide the injured animal with the best possible treatment and ensure that it heals completely as soon as possible. To expedite the healing process, they administered antibiotics, multivitamins, and anti-parasitic drugs like ivermectin, all in appropriate doses for the baby elephant. This cable was the source of the poor animal’s misery. The baby elephant regained consciousness and rose to its feet bellowing. Everyone had to be careful because the mother elephant may also become agitated by her baby’s noise and attack – even though she was still unconscious. If she does, the people nearby could be gored, thrown, or crushed by stomping until they die since they are wild animals. Kindly support us by liking and sharing our content.

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