Another Elephant Death on Mugie. This makes it 17 animals and being pregnant you can call it 18!
Cause of death: Euthanised by KWS
Coordinates: 0°42’03.9″N 36°37’30.4″
Yesterday (20 May 2017) we found a pregnant elephant (approx 35-40yrs age) who could not get up. It appeared that she had a weakness in the rear right leg, but we couldn’t see any wounds on the Elephant. We communicated with the vet Matthew Mutinda through video message and phone. He advised to do everything we could to give the elephant a chance and if there was no possibility of her recovering to euthanize to minimise suffering.
We turned her over and found a wound on the knee of the rear right leg. We gave her hay and water and monitored throughout the night.
In the morning her condition had deteriorated. We sent another video message to the vet. With the vets advice the KWS patrol based on Mugie euthanised her.
We recovered the tusks.
On closer inspection of the rear right leg, there was a small entry wound on the rear of the thigh and the wound in the knee was an exit wound, in a straight line from behind as if she had been “running” away. There was a long channel inside leading to the exit wound with some amount of rot in the flesh, suggesting that the gunshot had been sustained some days ago.