27TH JULY – Resident reports wounded young Bull Elephant
Feast or Famine is always the name of the game.
From finding this youngster again 5 days later, calling on Parks and Wildlife Authority, AWARE Trust Vets, Andries Scholtz and a plea for a Sin wave Invertor – Everyone and everything came together mid morning Friday.
There were 2 Parks and Wildlife staff members for backup as well as Marnie Kloppers. The Kariba Vet was also able to get some hands on experience as well as help the AWARE Vets.
Andries Scholtz arrived back just before Keith darted the elephant so he also was in to help out and of course the KAWFT team and helpers.
2nd AUGUST – Parks & Wild Life, Kariba Animal Welfare Fund Trust and Helpers
AWARE Trust Vets arrive
Brian Linforth starting Sin wave Generator for X-ray machine test
Brian Linforth from Unique House boat very kindly brought along their 5kva generator / inverter for the X-ray machine after a plea was sent out on email the night before, not expecting anyone in Kariba to have the exact machine required but just hoping like mad that we may be lucky.
The Vets did a trial run with the generator to make sure it could handle the surge from the X-ray machine before carting all the equipment into the bush.
Waiting with generator , extensions, water etc. for the call that the Elephant is darted and down
Checking the wound/leg for steal
Keeping check trunk is open for breathing
Taking more Xrays
AWARE Vets get busy – cleaning, scrubbing wound and checking no pieces or debris are in the deep wound
Our Kariba Vet helping out and gaining experience for when he does his course on administering drugs to wild animals
The deed done its wake up and stand up time – middle and 1/3 way up from the bottom of the picture
The whole operation went well with everyone doing their bit where required.
Setting up the X-rays to Scan and put onto the Laptop
The steel had gone into the leg fairly deep (nearly 200mm) . The wound was cleaned and flushed out by Dr Keith Dutlow and antibiotics were given. There was nothing of concern found inside the wound and the x-rays clearly showed no other damage was done.
AWARE Trust always make a plan to rush up and help as soon as they have finished elsewhere in Zimbabwe doing another important task for our wildlife.
The X-ray machine with scanner that was donated a few years back for this kind of situation was for the first time used in its full capacity in the bush, due to having the Sin wave inverter.
We will be fundraising again soon for funds to purchase either the above mentioned Generator or one like it so they can make full use of this important and necessary equipment.
Please keep a look out for a young Bull Elephant with 2 YELLOW X’s marked on his buttock – for easy identifying. We need to keep a watch on him to see if we will require to administer more antibiotics in 10 days time.
For any donations, help offer, more info, or information on injured animals please contact below.
Cavan Warran 0772 690 915 – KARIBA
Nick Grant 0772 607 214 – HARARE
Date: 8 August 2013