Team sts received reports of two injured giraffes, in the beautiful 100,000 hectare Maputo SP reserve. The STS mobile veterinary unit drove to the location and set up base for 3 days. During this time, they tried to find the animals with the support of MSR ranger team.
Catching giraffe is not for the fainthearted. After the animal is darted, the capture team has to rope the tranquilised giraffe. They must then manually bring it down to prevent the tall giants from falling backwards. It is also to prevent potentially breaking their long necks.
Luckily, Dr. Joao, with the help of Miguel Parreira, had MSR’s finest working alongside him. Both the animals snare wounds were cleaned, opened for drainage and disinfected. Long acting antibiotics were administered. Anti-inflammatories and other supportive treatments were additionally administered. Therefore, this will improve and speed up the healing process.
We were happy to witness that one of the giraffes was an adult female. She has a 1.5-year-old baby and already pregnant, making the rescue operation an even greater success. This outcome would not had been possible without your support!