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Caring for injured baby wildebeest


Caring for injured or orphaned wildlife is always a challenge. But with the new facility we are developing much more will be accomplished.

This is the challenge we have had to try to help an orphaned and injured baby wildebeest:

We located him in the bush this afternoon. I had spent the whole morning in town sourcing an antibiotic injection. Then I felt unsure about how to administer it! But we had managed to find him and he came up to me, grazing around and back again 4 times. He knows we are trying to help. We decided to try to hold him by his little horns again, and managed to do so.
Then I applied more supona spray to and inside the wound.

Zebra and his own herd of wildebeest were all close by. The zebra sniffed him and was concerned.

Zebra and his own herd of wildebeest were all close by. The zebra sniffed him and was concerned.

He was quite docile so I inspected the wound. It was caked with dead maggots under the skin as I thought! I started to remove them, no gloves, no tweezers, with my bare fingers ughhhhh but it had to be done. (forgot the scouts motto, be prepared but I had not anticipated this) I removed masses of dead maggots.
After the treatment, he simply walked a few steps and started grazing.
Before the treatment he also had a good feed of pellets and fresh lovely green grass we bought for him.
So that was my whole afternoon.

In the meantime we are preparing a rehab boma and stable for orphaned and/ or injured wildlife. We also aim to secure timeous professional assistance for future wildlife in need. Tomorrow we will have medical help for the baby.




Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Leopard Walk Lodge  Romantic accommodation in our Wildlife Sanctuary in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal.

At Leopard Walk Lodge guests may relax in well appointed “Out of Africa” Safari accommodation which is situated at the edge of a unique sand forest.

Enjoy the privacy of a Secrets of the Forest Suite or Buffalo Thorn Room and then join other travellers at the Moonrise Deck overlooking a waterhole to partake in refreshments and leisurely dining.

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