Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Two wild elephants treated in north-east India for poaching industries

Mobile veterinary team treated both elephants
December 2012. With assistance of forest staff, a Centre For Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation "CWRC) Mobile Veterinary Service (MVS) team have successfully treated two injured wild elephants, in India's Kaziranga National Park.

In the first instance villagers reported an injured elephant unable to walk properly in the Sekoni Tea Estate. Upon reaching the spot, the team discovered that it was a male elephant, about 40 years old, with a swollen left forelimb because of a wound on the lower knee joint.

Gunshot wound
"The injury was deep-seated, with uneven edges - a probable gun-shot wound - though no foreign object was found embedded in it," said Dr Abhijit Bhawal, veterinarian of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), who led the team that responded to the rescue call. "Relevant medical treatment was given after the elephant was immobilized and the elephant was kept under observation. The last update from the forest staff confirmed an improvement in the elephant's wellbeing status, as gauged by its movement," he added.

Second elephant
The MVS was then called to treat another male adult elephant with a swelling on the right leg. This tusker, estimated to be around 30-35 years old, was visibly stressed at the sight of the captive elephants approaching him and needed to be tranquilised. Relevant medical treatment was provided under anaesthesia and the elephant showed signs of recovery within an hour. "The tusker was placed under a 48 hour observation with a team of frontline forest staff and a captive elephant to monitor his movement and feeding behaviour," said Dr Bhaskar Choudhury, Regional Head of WTI.

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