INJURED ELEPHANT SUCCESSFULLY TREATED

The Elephant Aware rangers have been carefully monitoring this young bull elephant for the last ten days and today he was successfully treated for a serious spear wound on his right thigh. When we first found him, his wound was a great deal less severe but we nonetheless informed the Mara veterinary team right away. For a number of days he was keeping up with his herd and eating quite normally so we continued to monitor him dilligently, as instructed, all the while hoping he would somehow pull through on his own as elephants sometimes do, however yesterday evening we saw that his condition had deteriorated tremendously and after immediately calling the veterinary team, it was decided that medical intervention had become very necessary. The swelling around his upper leg had doubled in size and he was struggling to walk normally. Because it was almost dark, it was imperative to wait until today and after a great effort from all concerned, this beautiful teenage bull has been helped, his badly infected wound has been cleaned and tended to thoroughly and his prognosis for recovery is very optimistic. The rangers will continue to monitor him and we are very grateful for his successful treatment and that his pain has been relieved. This special young bull’s family were waiting patiently nearby throughout the operation and seemed to understand that we were all there to help him. It was a truly amazing sight to behold and a testament to how loyal, compassionate and intelligent elephants are. A huge thank you must go out to Dr. Limo, Felix and all the Mara veterinary team for a brilliant job well done and equally to the Elephant Aware team for fantastic and consistent work to protect Mara elephants