Sometimes, with all the terrible news around wildlife poaching, it's easy to forget about the incredible men and women who go above and beyond to help animals in need.
A few hours ago, a wild elephant was found in a well at the NRT Community Conservancy. The trust this elephant showed to his rescuers was incredible! 100 liters of water later, lots of digging, pulling, 3 cars and the whole community behind him, the joint team go him out and he walked away!
Video credit: Batian Craig
Laughter is the best medicine. Molly had a difficult birth, so our keepers intervened and raised the young bonobo in our nursery before she was reintroduced to the troop. Bonobos are considered the most #endangered of the great apes, so every birth is extremely precious.
Little did we know when a wonky legged calf and her heartwarming toothy grin ambled into our world, the hoof prints she would leave behind would be as indelible on our hearts as they were on the hearts of all those who were touched by her story. It could be said that Pixie’s mission was to touch hearts and that she most certainly did. First it was the dairy farmer’s wife on the farm at which she was born. Normally a calf so crippled and unproductive would have been killed at day one. However, little Pixie, with her big brown eyes and steely resolve, moved the lady like no other. Determining that Pixie deserved a chance, she set to work to ensure the best one was afforded to her. From that point on, Pixie became a much-loved trailblazer, touching hearts and changing minds about farmed animals.
Rallying veterinary science and expertise, worldwide experience and all the love we could muster, Pixie was to become the most imperturbable and humble of patients. Gaining strength and determination, she and we were set to kick the terrible disability that had befallen her. From day one we knew we would be forging new frontiers with an animal so many see as a disposable production unit. But that has never stopped us before. And we were winning the battle with Pixie, winning until the complications of recent days set in. Pixie’s welfare has always been at the core of everything we have done and with the heaviest of hearts, we know the time has come. We have exhausted all avenues open, for we see a hurdle before Pixie that even she, with all her determination and our veterinary team with all of their skill, cannot surmount. And so the time has come for Pixie to run free forevermore. Run free sweet girl, run free.
R.I.P. Pixie .