When you work with wild animals every day, you deal with a constant and conflicting dilemma: should you step in when you observe an animal needing help, or step back and allow nature to take its course?
For employees at Londolozi, a private game reserve in South Africa, they rely on a simple rule: did a human cause the issue with the animal? More often than not, thanks to the unfortunate popularity of poachers and big-game hunters, the answer is usually yes. That”s exactly what guide Amy Attenborough discovered when she and her coworkers came across this young elephant.
They noticed this little (big) fella, around three or four years old, had a trail of wire about 4 meters long attached to its foot.
The wire cut into his flesh and, upon closer inspection, it was clear it had migrated from his lower to higher ankle area.
The poor thing kept getting snagged on branches and brush while following along with his herd.
Luckily, his elephant buddies were quick to help rescue him from the sticky situation. Some even carried the wire along in their trunk for a bit of the journey.
Even the littlest ones scurried to help him out!
He would also stop frequently to attempt to self-treat the wound with sand and water.
(via Londolozi Blog.)
The herd eventually wandered over the northwest boundary of the reserve, where Amy alerted incoming vets. Though she was unable to observe the removal herself, she was informed that if they didn”t get to the little guy in time, he would have likely lost his foot. Thanks to Amy, her team, and the herd watching over the youngster, this wonderful creature is expected to make a full recovery.