At just a year and a half old, litte Suni the elephant has been through more trauma than most animals (or people) have seen in a lifetime. In April of 2012 she was found dragging herself along, after somehow surviving an axe attack. No family to protect her and with wounds to her chin and a deep laceration to her back (affecting her spine and leaving her right hind leg paralyzed), it was a miracle she was alive!
Fitting Suni for the boot.
Suni was taken to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery in Lusaka to recover. After sustaining an infection in the spine wound and having bone fragments removed, it’s hopeful healthy tissue is growing back and allowing for nerve repair and regeneration. With much attention and care, physiotherapy and wound management she has regained almost full use of the leg; however there is still serious nerve damage and lack of feeling which causes her to turn over on her ankle resulting in swelling and pressure sores. It is therefore imperative that Suni’s leg is braced and supported to prevent her from causing harm to the limb.
With the effort and dedication of many, help was flown in from the US and Norway to make a boot for Suni. This has been a successful endeavor and has helped her tremendously. She moves with ease and gives no indication of being in pain.
Suni and Zambezi
She shares a stable and yard with Zambezi, another elephant orphan; and she seems more relaxed as she has adjusted to her new environment. It is hopeful she will continue to recover.
WATCH: Suni taking a bath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M03v5Z5ZEak
Categories: Good News, Rhino Spotlight
Tags: Africa, David Sheldrick WIldlife Trust, elephant, Fiightfor Rhinos, Lilayi, orphan, poaching, rhino girl, saving animals, Suni
Ol Pejeta-Like rockstars of the conservancy, the Northern White Rhinos live surrounded by 24 hour bodyguards watching their every move. The four rhinos have an extraordinary relationship with the team of armed guards who lean on them, scratch them, and display affection for them.
But the extreme desperate truth is that thanks to poaching, these are the last 4 Northern White Rhinos left on the planet. There are two males; 37-year-old Sudan and 31-year-old Suni and two females; 22-year-old Najin and her daughter 13-year-old Fatu.
The rhinos were moved to Ol Pejeta as a final chance. It is the hope that the natural environment of the reservation will activate hormones in the two females, encouraging breeding attempts. Recently Najin and Suni were seen mating, which needless to say is remarkable news. The entire survival of their kind rests on them-the situation could not possibly be more urgent or tragic.
The White Rhinos are divided into two sub-species; the northern (the four at the conservancy) and the southern. There are approximately 14,000 of the southern species left.
Categories: Rhino Ramblings
Tags: armed guards, conservancy, Endangered species, Fatu, fightforrhinos, Najin, northern, Ol Pejeta, poaching, rhino girl, rhinos, Sudan, Suni, white