ONE ELEPHANT, ONE BULLET…NO EASY ANSWERS

Our WERU team were called out yesterday to help this young bull elephant in Kasungu National Park who had been shot in the leg by a poacher and was limping badly as a result. Removing a snare or cleaning a wound is a more straightforward operation than removing a bullet because it is impossible to tell exactly where it is and how deep the bullet has gone. You can sometimes cause more damage than good by digging for a bullet, as further issues and infections can be caused. Especially in a fully grown elephant!

So, in consultation with other vets, the team have agreed to wait it out a little longer to see whether his condition improves or deteriorates over the coming week before doing a knock down. Thanks to Remmie and Matt for your work here.

 

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