Visiting an Elephant with a bullet wound for further treatments
The familiar group of wildlife officers is back, and this time they are back with a minister in charge of the wildlife department. This elephant was previously shot by a suspected hunter who is still at large. The government and the people of Sri Lanka do not approve any sort of hunting or shootings at wild animals, especially inside the conserved forests and parks.
This elephant has been treated for three months due to a massive gunshot wound to the right leg to the back. Officers did go through a hard time treating this elephant due to its size and weight. These type of built, giant elephants require a massive amount of strength to move or even to stand up. With the bullet wound and the loss of strength, this elephant had a hard time getting up.
This took place in Girithale, a beautiful area with a lot of streams and pons for elephants and wild animals to live close to. Officers took a small boat trip to where this elephant was, and it was a bit aggressive at first as officers try to sedate the elephant using a tranquilizer gun. It did not take much time for them to prepare the medicine when they got near the elephant. Even the minister helped them with the treatments and received few learning experiences straight from a real mission to save an elephant.
This treatment mission was a success and they will keep on monitoring this elephant till it completely recovers. It is not an easy process to treat elephants as they take several months to heal. They cannot be kept on a bed with wounds being bandages. It is simply not possible with elephants due to their nature of walking a lot every day. We hope to share more updates in the future.
We humbly invite you to join us with a journey full of love and help to our treasured wild elephants in the paradise island of Sri Lanka.
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