By Lauren Campbell
This baby elephant has been miraculously saved after a man-made injury nearly severed her trunk.
Enkesha was found in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya with a snare wrapped tightly around her trunk.
Luckily she was found just in time and Kenya Wildlife Service Vets were able to remove the snare but found Enkesha’s trunk had been almost completely severed with just a small portion still attached.
With the risk of infection high, intervention was the only way to alleviate her suffering and it was decided that she would need emergency surgery in order to save her trunk.
The man made injury caused her severe pain but, after a three hour operation by vets, her trunk was thankfully reconstructed. Unfortunately, just two days later, Enkesha had dismantled all her sutures but, still able to move her trunk, Vets are confident of her recovery.
Whilst being cared for at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage, with healing now going well, Enkesha will gradually learn how to live as a wild elephant until she can be reintegrated back into the wild when fully grown.
And, despite facing a long road to a full recovery, Enkesha is already able to wiggle her trunk around and even attempts to throw dust over herself.
Rob Brandford, Executive Director of DSWT in the UK, said: “Enkesha has surprised everyone, at first her condition was extremely serious and we didn’t know if she was going to pull through.
“Enkesha’s surgery was the first ever of its kind and despite the surgery going well at first, within 48 hours her stitches had popped out.
“The constant contracting, expanding and wiggling made it very challenging to keep everything in place.
“But her wound is now slowly healing nicely and it’s cleaned daily.
“She is being fed milk every three hours so that she can grow and get the nutrients she would have received if she was with her mother and has settled extremely well into her new human-elephant family.
“For now Enkesha will remain in our care but will gradually reduce her dependence on her human carers until she can be reintegrated back into the wild.”