By Amber Keiper
You may have noticed, as I have, the news of late has been more depressing than usual: the drowning deaths of hundreds of high school students from South Korean; the kidnapping of over 100 Nigerian schoolgirl… most of them still missing and the ongoing hunt for MH 370. The “bad news” seems to overshadow anything positive out there in the media and it’s pretty depressing. So this week, I wanted to share a story that, for once, has a happy ending in hopes that it brings you some positive energy and puts a smile on your face.
Survival of the fittest is the law of the land in the African savanna of Kenya. But with poachers depleting the natural population of prey animals, food scarcity makes the savanna’s carnivore hunters desperate to find food to stay alive.
Siena, an 11-year-old lioness, was out hunting to feed her cubs when she was severely impaled by a bull buffalo. Her left hindquarter was ripped open, exposing the soft tissue and muscle. Though she was alive and able to limp along with her pride, the injury was so severe that medical intervention was necessary in order to keep her alive.
With less than 35,000 wild African lions in existence, wildlife organizations, such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife trust (DSWT) do what they can to preserve the lion population. DSWT and the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) work together through the Sky Vet initiative to quickly deploy veterinarians to hard to reach field cases throughout Kenya.
Sky Vet coordinated KWS veterinarian, Dr. Njoroge, and his team boarded a plane to respond to call for emergency medical treatment for Siena. Dr. Njoroge’s team darted Siena, and herded her pride away as they quickly began to work on treating her massive injury. The operation lasted 1.5 hours and involved cleaning the area with a saline solution, suturing the wound, and applying a green clay compound to help speed up the healing process. Thanks to their efforts, Siena is now safe and reunited with her cubs and her lion pride!
Stories of life-saving rescue and intervention –from the smallest to largest of species in the animal kingdom are always heart warming. Please send us any of your stories or videos of animal rescue to share with our readers!
Amber Keiper is the Marketing Coordinator and Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. She is “mom” to two animal rescues – a spoiled Havanese mix named Chewy and a sassy tabby mix named Chiquita. For more holistic pet health, nutrition and wellness tips, go to barfworld.com or sign up for the FREE weekly newsletter, The Intelligent Pet.
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