Elephant rescue – ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya

By July 2, 2013BushBuzz
Saturday 29th June turned out to be an eventful and exciting day in the Chyulu Hills when reports came in from a local village that a young female elephant had her front right ankle tangled in a snare and was seriously injured. It was all hands on deck to help the Big Life team and vet Dr Poghorn remove the snare and treat the wound before the elephant’s state worsened. Removal of the snare was successful but upon further examination of the wound and subsequent separation from the rest of the heard it was decided that she should be loaded onto the truck and transport her to the nearby David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – elephant rehabilitation centre. After a huge ‘1, 2, 3, heave’ many hands managed to load the young elephant into the back of the truck transporting her. She has been named Olbilli after the area she was found and is roughly three years old, all our fingers here are crossed that she makes a full recovery and can one day return to roam the plains below the Chyulu Hills. Olbili has now met the other orphans at the centre and although tentative seems to be settling in and making new friends whilst being treated for her wounds! Never a dull day at Ol Donyo Lodge! Learn more about the elephant orphanage, Olbilli’s new home, on the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust website.

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