Gamewatches Porini Lion Safari Camp Team up with KWS Vet to Help Distressed Animal

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News from Olare Orok Conservancy: On 16th November the guides from Porini Lion Camp spotted a giraffe that had come into the conservancy with a snare wrapped around its neck and muzzle. This was immediately reported to the Warden who called the KWS vet. The Conservancy rangers were mobilised to monitor the giraffe while they waited for the KWS vet.

Giraffe with the snare around its mouth

Our expert guides work closely with the KWS team to help injured animals

The guides from the Porini Lion Safari Camp kept watch over this unfortunate female Giraffe for the past two days awaiting the arrival of the vet from KWS. Dr. Limo drove from Nairobi on the 19th and de-snared the giraffe the same afternoon. The Olare Orok Conservancy game scouts assisted the KWS team.

Darting Giraffes is a sensitive procedure as they are delicate and do not react well to anaesthetics. So unless the case needs surgery the vet will not fully tranquilise the animal. This means the only way to de-snare this young fully grown female was to dart her with a minimum dose, get her sedated, and then pull her down with the aid of a rope held by our scouts and the KWS crew, at which point the vet immediately revives the animal whilst the crew hold her on the ground by literally sitting on the animal and weighing her down, whilst keeping well clear of her flaying legs. On this occasion all went very smoothly and the snare was cut off in seconds. Luckily there was no damage to her tongue and only minimal abrasions in and some cuts to the corners of her mouth. Dr Limo estimated that the giraffe had been hampered for about a week by the snare. Her wounds were cleaned and treated with gentian violet. Routine samples were taken, antibiotics administered and she was sent on her way - a process in which all the body weights jump off in unison and run for cover before she can get to her feet! The whole operation took twenty minutes and she ran off without a fuss and joined the rest of the herd.

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