@lewa_wildlife _"It’s not always that we’re able to help wildlife in need, and some cases, such as this one, can be heartbreaking.
A few weeks ago, a herd of elephants entered Lewa through our northern gap. Part of the herd was a young, sickly and emaciated female elephant - closer inspection revealed she had a broken leg that made it difficult for her to fetch food and water, which was worsened by the ongoing drought across northern Kenya. The drought had meant that even healthy animals were struggling to survive, and here on Lewa, we had started to feed lactating rhinos to supplement their nutrition.
Our resident vet Dr Mutinda explains:
“When we got to her, it was obvious this was going to a hugely challenging case. I did not try to immobilise her, as she was already very weak from malnutrition and dehydration. Her broken leg was clearly something we couldn’t fix, and her body condition had deteriorated drastically. We tried to give her water, we tried to help her get up but she was too weak. We tried all we could, but she did not make it.” Luckily, her calf was old enough to care for itself, and it rejoined the herd.
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