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Coastweek-- Shazaad Kasmani from Kenya Wildlife Service and Sanctuary ranger conducting an inspection of the baby elephant to determine to cause of death. PHOTO BY SHAZAAD KASMANI

Poachers Snare Kills Baby Elephant

Coastweek-- A baby elephant of approximately 2 years old was recently found dead at a private game sanctuary.

Upon close examination, the cause of death was clearly from a poachers snare that had completely cut off the baby’s trunk as the poor animal probably attempted to free it self in an attempt to rejoin its mother.

It is impossible to imagine the amount of pain and suffering this baby went through over the last few days, slowly succumbing to starvation, infection and heavy blood loss.

Residents of villages surrounding many national parks and reserves have increasingly turn-ed to bush meat poaching with snares that they leave behind concealed among bushes to trap game meat.

As these poachers attempt to catch Dik-Dik, Warthog and the like, unfortunately these traps are unforgiving and will literally capture anything that gets caught in it, with most victims being the juvenile of wildlife such as Cheetahs, Lions and as shown here elephants.

Coastweek-- The trunk of this baby elephant clearly cut off by a poachers snare. PHOTO BY SHAZAAD KASMANI

Organizations such as Care For The Wild and the Kenya Wildlife Service tirelessly conduct de-snaring operations regularly to rid the parks of these death traps and can even collect over 200 snares a day.

Poachers however secretly return to replace the lost snares and the vicious cycle continues.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact the nearest KWS or Police stations with assurance of full confidentiality to help track the illegal bush meat poachers and stop the needless killing of our wild animals.

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