On a recent visit to Kenya to treat sick elephants I had the pleasure of spending more time with The Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage. In the picture 3 generations on Sheldricks. Madame Daphne Sheldrick, Angela and son Shaun. They are earth angels.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I wandered out to the Lanai and saw this beautiful Thompsons Gazelle lying comfortably on couch. Tommy was attacked by lion’s right in Angela Sheldricks back yard. Like a wild woman she chased off 3 lionesses that were trying to eat her pet with no regard to her safety. Tommy was in severe shock as he was rushed to the nearest veterinary doctor whom applied shock treatment. Horrific wounds were cleaned and sutured. Tommy obviously had recuperated 100 %.
I forgot to mention the beautiful woman and wonderful soul Kirsten Davis star of “Sex in the City” and avid wildlife enthusiast and conservationist.
Sometimes you get lucky.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
It’s been almost 2 years since I diagnosed and treated Kitakha. She suffers from a pancreatic enzyme deficiency which we have rectified by adding enzymes in her food. Kithaka was at deaths door when I met her so tiny and frail. Now she’s a little monster. Fit and fat but still stunted in growth she is a ball of energy and in fact leader of her age group herd. This is the 3rd time I have been back and she recognizes my voice and comes running out of the herd to greet me. She can be quite cheeky and plays a bit rough. She’s probably getting me back for all the injections I gave her.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
In may of this year I was called back to Sheldricks to assist with a very sick 2 year elephant “ Manango” which had been raised as a baby orphan in Nairobi then released back into the wilds in Tsavo, as is the the norm for these adopted orphans.
Manango was always a smaller elephant stunted in growth but seemed to be doing well until she was released. As elephants do she returned to the compound in Tsavo as she was not feeling well.
The elephant was just going downhill and loosing condition and no conservative treatments were helping. I ran an extensive panel of blood tests and the most outstanding feature is that she was getting severely anaemic. There are a hundred causes for anaemia which we tested for. After 7 days of intensive blood boosting drugs such as B complex vitamins and extra Iron to mention a few, there was still a decrease in her red blood cell count. This in my past experience was very rare to see. Usually the blood cell counts improve dramatically. We tested for blood parasites, auto immune disease, occult blood and many more. Everything came up negative. The chemistry of the organs was all normal. I took a blood smear to a human pathologist at the Nairobi hospital. This woman is an expert in her field and as I quietly sat and she studied the smear she could only say that this person had anaemia. I told her the blood was from an elephant and not human. She could not tell the difference. Just one more reason to see how close these animals are to us. I exhausted every test I could think of and research but it was to no avail. After 10 days Manango quietly passed in the night. She was loved and it broke all our hearts. On autopsy I could not find any abnormal organ. Finally on examining the bone marrow of a rib bone I noticed that the bone marrow was totally inactive, dry and very abnormal in appearance.
My best guess is that her immune system had been put into overdrive when she was exposed to the new environment, when she was released. It just could not keep up and make enough red blood cells and white cells to keep her healthy. This must have been an inherited and congenital condition.
We learn more and more about these amazing creatures and all I can say is that any disease we can get is also manifested in elephants. We are so alike.
I thank Angela and Daphne for giving me these opportunities to work on baby elephants which are one thing I did not get to do much in bush situations. Their dedication and passion for the care of these gentle giants is beyond amazing and we thank them for this.
Manango had the best care and passed knowing she was loved and was not in any pain.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
An aquantance of mine has made public that hunting is stopping in Botswana not becouse its to conserve animals its so that the Govement can remove the "eyes" that are the only anti -poaching elements in those remote areas. Then the Govement can in my opinion then go in there and slaughter elephants for Ivory at their own lesiure out of the public eye. This poaching was the reason I was deported from Botswana. I made it impossible for them to continue the slaughter in Chobe as veterinarian volounteer on site. This fact has been reveled to me by various sources and will become clear in the very near future. Hopefully before they slaughter their elephants for profit as has been the case in Botswana for years. Please Im just reporting im not advocating hunting as a solution to the problem.
May 6 at 9:58am near Irvine, CA ·
May 6 at 9:58am near Irvine, CA ·