On Tuesday 7/2 we put out an update regarding a snared Lion and a wounded Hyena.
LION – SUB ADULT – SNARED 7/2/16
Parks were alerted by residents to distressed sounds of lion during the night from within the thick bush on the edge of Nyamhunga town ship
They were later in the morning alerted again by other residents of a wounded hyena within the Nyamhunga residential houses.
KAWFT was called by Parks to assist with both the Lion and the Hyena who then urgently contacted Aware Trust Vets from Harare and a few dedicated Residents to make up the working team with Parks, to save this boy.
From early morning, a Senior Parks ranger monitored the thick bush the lion was in and kept residents away from the area whilst KAWFT and Senior parks rangers continued with their search for the Hyena.
The Vets arrived mid afternoon. We had 2 hours with Vets, professional back up and Parks rangers in an exceptionally dangerous and unstable situation.
In thick bush with no visual at all on the wounded wire snared lion who was lying hidden inside extremely thick vegetation.
Unknown if he was secured to a bush by the wire snare and would manage to break off and charge into any of the very people who were trying to save him. Extreme caution was taken.
A dart was finally fired through the undergrowth and hit home.
Sadly well over 500 residents of Nyamhunga descended into the area within minutes of the Lion being darted and onto the vehicles as the lion was carried out of the thick bush. The drug had not yet taken full effect and the sheer look of horror and stress on his face when he heard the loud noises and saw hundreds and hundreds of people descending towards him and us was heartbreaking and nerve wracking to say the least.
This put EVERY SINGLE PERSON in enormous danger along with the possible situation of having to shoot the VERY ANIMAL we were all trying to save.
The residents paid no attention to Parks or ZRP who were trying desperately to keep them away from danger and to keep those of us safe that were working on a semi sedated and highly dangerous wounded lion.
This was very poor behaviour by most of the + 500 Nyamhunga residents that descended into an unpredictable and potentially explosive situation with a wounded lion.
The authorities will in future seek assistance from ZRP Support unit and other law enforcement entities for crowd control.
A BIG Thank you to those concerned residents that reported in on the Lion and the Hyena.
The young boy now named Tawanda, is the son of the Lioness that we relocated at the beginning of December 2016. He has stayed in the same area since then and sightings were often reported by residents.
His front paw was swollen to twice the size, the wire cable snare tightly encircled above his paw with the other end wrapped around the base of a thick bush and he could barely move.
Snares laid by poachers, are indiscriminate and cause untold suffering to ANY animal that are caught in them and when left, die a very slow and painful death.
As all this was unfolding, we were receiving calls and messages from Residents that the Hyena had now been located again.
KAWFT rushed off there as well and called back to advise that the poor boy had minutes to live if we are lucky.
Parks, KAWFT, Aware Trust and other Residents assisting, converge at Nyamhunga turn off to ready themselves and head in to bring relief to this poor animal.
Please help sponsor these life saving missions by donating to KAWFT and/or Aware Trust, to ensure the kitty is ready for the next cry for help.
Whilst we at present no longer have a Dangerous Drug License holder resident in Kariba, we believe this situation will be remedied soon.
Whilst DDL holders are by no means able nor allowed to carry out procedures that Vets are qualified to do, it certainly eases the stress and delay of basic treatment on most animals, without the rush of finding others to travel urgently long distances to Kariba.
Fuel + 200.00, Drugs + 300.00 Stress, aching hearts and sleepless nights !!! – no charge
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals – Mahatma Ghandi
Thank you to
Parks Area Manager and Rangers,
Residents who alerted,
Aware Trust Vets
Mark Van Zuydem – support back up
Lake Harvest and Residents who assisted with extra back up radios,
Residents who assisted with Vehicle back up.
Mark Brightman from BHAPU who was prepared to rush over the next day if Aware were unable to immediately drive up to help with what became 2 life saving situations.
HYENA – full update to follow with agonising explicit photos – BUT we have him safe and sound as we try to rehabilitate him and the savage wounds inflicted on him.
For any donations, help offer, more info, or information on injured animals or incidents with Wildlife please contact below
Sonya Mc Master 0772 874 352 – KARIBA
Debbie Ottman 0773 996 487- KARIBA
Dick Mc Cowan Hill 0772 600 187 – KARIBA
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Debbie Ottman 0784 512 921
Sonya Mc Master 0778 733 784
Tracey Brook Jackson – Harare representative
(contact for donation drop offs etc.)
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Phone number 0712 205 384
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Debbie Ottman 0773 996 487
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ACC No: 100 265 7636
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