FRIENDS OF TSAVO
21-09-2016 by Adriano Ghirardello
The savannah never ceases to give us great emotions.
An elephant of about three years has fallen into a puddle of Pipeline in Tsavo East, perhaps a victim of his own thirst. The drought continues to persist so relentless and elephants near water sources become more and more greedy and nervous.
And mothers often do not pay enough attention to their children.
This is what happened to a baby elephant that while he drank, he slipped in a puddle as tall as him. The pack was not able to help him out, and so the poor elephant remained a whole day and a whole night immersed up to his ears in the pool of water, while strong winds blew after sunset and temperatures down considerably. There comes a message and immediately we bring to the area. Fortunately in place the David Sheldrick Trust team has already recovered the puppy pulling it from the pool with strong cords. It 'shivering, terrified and we find it lying in the sun to be heated. Watch there with the sweetest eyes and as I caress with an faint grumbling appears help. He has the legs and the feet frozen by the prolonged stay in the water. Signs of timid attempts to get up but remains on his knees and then, exhausted, falls on its side. There is no time to lose. With a bowl of water to drink while we try to do it is put down on the ground a robust network and on a mattress where the baby elephant, now visibly exhausted after a last attempt to get to his feet, rests gently. A nothing has served cover his eyes with a blanket to avoid stressarlo. With a glimmer of residual force it shows us that does not want to be blindfolded. Some of fright trumpeting and then resigned to be rescued. With the force of arms of ten men, fatigue, it is raised and resting on the floor of the Land Cruise veterinarian of the KWS, Dr. Poghom which has coordinated the rescue puppy. In the distance a herd of elephants, quiet, followed all operations. Transported in the orphanage of you, the elephant has been subjected to all necessary care: a drip to rehydrate ten liters, antibiotics, but above all tasty fresh grass, albeit on their knees to the extreme weakness, began to eat voraciously, gradually recovering his strength. After about twelve hours the puppy was again standing, ready to also receive the traditional bottle of milk with vitamin that the center Sheldrick reserves to all its guests. We are left with the joy of a success story and a bit 'of muscle pain in the arms and legs because, by the way, the puppy weighed "only" about four pounds
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