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Baby Rhino de-snared

14 August 2015

Categories: Homepage News, Lilongwe news, Rescue News

Today we received this update from our partners at the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust in Malawi.

A poor little rhino calf (pictured) was caught in a snare in Liwonde National Park in Malawi, but luckily Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s wildlife emergency response unit (WERU) were on hand to help.  

Kate Moore tells us more about the operation:

After four days of tracking the team finally had the opportunity to dart the mother, Namatunu, allowing the team to sedate the calf, believed to be just a few months old, and work on removing the snare.  The snare had become embedded around the baby’s foot. 

WERU’s lead vet Amanda Salb cleaned up the wound, which was very deep, and gave antibiotics to avoid infection.  The team also found out that the calf was a ‘she’…nice to know! A VHF transmitter was then attached to her tail so that she can be monitored to make sure the injury heals properly and she experiences no further problems as a result. Once awake, both mother and daughter were seen leaving the area together and have been spotted doing well since then. 

Wire snares are set by poachers to catch buffalo and antelope so they can sell the meat, but other wildlife such as elephant, rhino and lions are regularly caught accidentally as snaring is indiscriminate in their action.

The operation took a lot of teamwork from Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Department of National Parks and Wildlife, CAWS, Cluny Wildlife Trust and African Parks, as well as the Born Free sponsored vehicle, so congratulations to everyone involved!

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