IFAW Rescues Elephant Calf From Poachers
After finding the trapped elephant, members of IFAW’s Asian elephant protection team anesthetized the calf, freed its leg from the clamp and moved it to a location where its wounds could treated by medical staff. Because the infection was life-threatening IFAW consulted two prestigious elephant veterinarians in India and England concerning treatment options and established a fund to provide medical support for the calf. Team members also named the female calf “Ranran,” Chinese for both “safety” and “a turning point in one’s life.”
Following the incident, a special investigation was authorized by Mr. Tao Shuangshou, Bureau Chief of Xishuang Banna Prefecture’s forestry police. Anti-poaching measures were increased in the area and forestry police, in co-operation with local commercial and industry administration officers, confiscated 585 clamps of various sizes from local hardware shops and forests.
Ranran’s condition is stable and improving. “After Ranran is fully recovered, she will be returned to her mother jungle, for that’s where her real home is,” said Mr. Tao.