Un cucciolo di elefante albino è stato salvato dopo essere rimasto intrappolato per quattro lunghi giorni da una corda legata al muso. L’elefantino rosa è stato trovato in una riserva al confine del Kruger National Park, in Sudafrica. Il povero animale era completamente solo, aggrovigliato in un laccio che gli ha provocato terribili ferite al collo, dietro le orecchie e al muso.
La corda era talmente stretta da essere riuscita a lacerare la bocca del cucciolo da entrambi i lati, conferendo all’animale una sorta di sorriso da Joker.
Le ferite erano davvero gravi e profonde, tanto che i vermi avevano già iniziato a mangiare la carne dell’animale, peggiorando ulteriormente la situazione.
Fortunatamente il cucciolo è stato soccorso e trasferito al Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD), centro specializzato nella riabilitazione di elefanti feriti o rimasti orfani.
IMPORTANT NEWS: Albino Elephant Calf brought into our care. HERD received a four-month severely injured baby elephant into our care yesterday. She is an albino. And she is a miracle. On Monday morning, 6th January, we received the call from wildlife vet, Dr. Albertus Coetzee advising us that a baby elephant had been found trapped in a snare with severe injuries and had been taken into the care of the fantastic team at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. She was stable, but her injuries were extensive. Our elephant care team remain on standby 24/7 and within the hour, Juan, Joshua and Khensani left our orphanage for the three-hour drive to the Care for Wild facility. Adine arranged the necessary permits in the interim ahead of her joining our team. Petronella and her veterinary team did a great job attending to the calf's wounds and giving her the essential care that she needed. That night Joshua, Juan and Khensani stayed through the night nursing her, until Adine arrived with wildlife vet Ben Miller from Provet Wildlife Services who would assist us with the transfer of the calf to the orphanage. The little one seemed in good spirits and fighting strong! We felt she was able to make the journey safely to HERD. By 7PM last night, we arrived back at HERD, our veterinary team and elephant care team attended to the little one. She settled in quickly and even spent time outside with Adine and her carers last night. Of course, we made sure Lammie was there ahead of her arrival. This morning she woke up, she had a decent night sleep and was very curious about her surroundings; she remains strong. But the reality is her journey has just begun. The real challenges start now — the emotional stress, and how that will affect her bodily activities, the severity of her injuries, anything can change at any moment. This little girl is so unbelievably brave. The odds of her survival have been stacked against her from birth; she was born as an albino, she then endured excruciating pain trapped in the jaws of a manmade snare, and left to fight for her fragile life for an unknown amount of days. We can only try to comprehend the amount of pain she felt, how scared she felt, was her herd with her when it happened, was she alone? And how hot and thirsty she must have been. How could she possibly survive? It is clear to us now; it is her spirit; she is a fighter. Her spirit is strong.Adine decided to name her Sunshine after seeing her unique beauty in the light of this morning's sunrise. We will update you again in the morning. A special thank you to Petronella and her team at Care For Wild for being part of Sunshine's journey to recovery.
Gepostet von HERD – Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development am Donnerstag, 9. Januar 2020
Quando l’esemplare è arrivato nella struttura, all’inizio di gennaio di quest’anno, si è scoperto che si trattava di una femmina di quattro mesi. Il personale del centro di recupero l’ha battezzata “Khanyisa” che nella lingua bantu del popolo shona, nello Zimbabwe, significa “luce”.
Khanyisa ha risposto bene alle cure e grazie alla sua forza e al suo coraggio, ora si sta riprendendo ed è in via di guarigione.
Nonostante il trauma e il dolore che ha dovuto subire per mano dell’uomo ha mantenuto un atteggiamento dolce e buono verso tutti.
This morning Khanyisa had a super relaxed walk around the orphanage with Adine and Samson, one of her devoted carers. As usual, she was so inquisitive but soon after decided it was playtime, enjoying the sand that Samson was throwing playfully on her. It is soothing and fun for her too.She had a good night – drinking well and sleeping well! It is hard to think that less than three weeks ago she would have been wandering around all alone with a nasty snare around her face and neck. She is a super brave little elephant, and we are doing everything in our power to see her survive!
Gepostet von HERD – Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development am Mittwoch, 22. Januar 2020