A few days ago, just when I returned from leave, our scouts reported a dog with a snare wire around his neck and head, which was partly cutting off his left ear.
Yesterday I manged to dart him and remove the wire that was tight around his head.
Although the wire was quite tight over the head, and the damage to the ear was quite bad, fortunately the wire had not cut too tight under the throat and we believe he has a very high chance of recovery. We removed the wire, cleaned the wound with a sterile saline solution and treated it with antisepctic spray. We also gave him a shot of long acting penicillin to help combat infection.
(It was quite a hot day, so we used ice packs to help cool him down).
We watched him rejoin some other members of his pack before we moved off and left him to recover with his pack mates.
During the same afternoon, we managed to fit a VHF collar to another dog in the pack so we can keep a better eye on them, and continue with swift reaction when there are snare injuries.
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As I mentioned in the update on the Batanai pack, when we last saw this pack, we noticed that Hobbit, one of the collared males in the pack, had a very nasty snare wound around his neck.
We were desperate to get it off him, and of course remove the collar which must have been rubbing horribly, but we just could not get a darting opportunity. We spent several days trying to get close enough to him in the car without any luck, and eventually tried a new tactic…. Darting from the back of the motorbike!
That plan was all good and well until we took off at speed through the thorn bushes!
But then the focus was on getting close to the dog and getting a dart in, which we succeeded in doing. Unfortunately he didn’t go down properly (badly injured animals often don’t) so after a combination of ambushes from the middle of a thorn bush (?!) and sneaking up on him behind a tree I managed to get a second dart in and he went down well.
It was such a relief after trying for so long, to be able to finally get that snare off. It was a tight copper-wire snare. A very nasty wound, which has cut deep into his neck but thankfully not through the windpipe. Here is a picture of the injury after treatment:
I will post a video of the operation soon.
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