Those of you who have been following this blog will know that in March we had a couple of wild dogs from the Splinters pack which ran through a snare line. One of them had the wire tied tight round his neck, and suffered an horrific injury, but fortunately we managed to dart him and remove it. I’m glad to say that he is doing well, showing no negative repercussions from his injury.
The other one had only three legs, after chewing his leg off to get out of the snare. Amazingly, he has made a fully recovery as well – the wound had healed cleanly and the dog is a fully useful member of the pack.
The pack is denning now – and have about 12 pups! Both the snared and the three legged dog have been seen at the den, regurgitating meat for the pups after coming back from a successful hunt. Amazing! I’ll let you know if anything happens to either of them, but for now they are both fully recovered team players.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the wild dog pack that had run through a snare line: one dog had been killed, one suffered a deep, horrific injury round his neck from the snare wire, and one chewed his own leg off to get out of the snare…
I managed to dart the one with the snare around his neck and remove the wire and treat the wound, but could do nothing for the other one, except monitor his condition and be prepared to request for permission to euthanase him if necessary.
However, despite that terrible disability, we were amazed to see the dog remaining in good condition and keeping up with the pack. The wound has continued to heal and there are no signs of infection.
The dog which I treated is also doing really well. The wound will take a long time to close up completely, but at least with the wire off (and not cutting any deeper) it will have a chance to do so. He is also looking in good condition and keeping up with the pack. The wound is spotlessly clean, thanks to the administrations of his fellow pack members, and I am confident he will recover fully in time.
So so far so good, and fingers crossed they will continue to do well.
A brief, photo-less post i am afraid to say. I am currently in Harare doing town chores and admin but I recently got a couple of emails about the two injured wild dogs that I wrote about in a recent post, and I wanted to give you an update. My scout Rueben saw the pack a few days ago and confirmed that the dog that had the snare around his neck, which we removed a couple of weeks ago, is doing well. The injury has yet to heal completely, but he is still alive and the wound looks clean, so everything is pointing towards him making it. Thank goodness.
One of my colleagues saw the dog with three legs recently as well. He reported that he was keeping up with the pack and appeared to be well fed, and in reasonable condition. Given that we know the injury occurred at least 4 weeks ago and probably 5, the fact that he is still doing okay is encouraging. If infection was going to set in, it would probably have happened by now, and if the injury was too bad to prevent reasonable movement, we would probably be seeing a serious decline in body condition by now as well. So once again, the signs are good that he will make it. We will keep fingers crossed. They are remarkably resilient and caring animals, so he has a good chance.
Well the wild dog denning season is almost at an end – we only have two packs left denning now. That makes this an important time of the year for monitoring pup survival to three months (the age at which they leave the dens). So we try hard to find all the packs and get a good count of adults and pups just when they leave the den.
We found the Batanai Pack yesterday, and I’m pleased to be able to report that all ten pups are still alive and well. We had camera traps up at their den from when they first denned down, and right from first emergence of the pups there were 10 pups in the litter. So, so far so good for that pack, and we hope they continue to keep their pups safe and sound as they grow up more.
Unfortunately, it seems as though two or three of the adults may be missing from the pack and at least two others are carrying snares. One of the snares looks to be quite loose and we are hoping it will come off on its own, but the other – unfortunately on a collared dog – is very tight and looks like a nasty wound. Fortunately the dog still looks in good condition – I suspect the snare is quite new – but obviously I will be prioritizing getting that snare (and collar) off over the next couple of days.