DANiNJECT equipment used for dramatic elephant rescue

A frantic mother elephant made it impossible for park authorities and veterinarians to help a baby elephant caught in a drainage hole. The elephant was immobilized with DANiNJECT equipment. 

Written by Steffen Stræde
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DANiNJECT equipment played a central part in a dramatic rescue mission of two elephants, that found it’s way to media like SkyNews  and CBS.  The mother and baby elephant got caught in a drainage hole in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand, and park authorities and veterinarians had to pull off a heroic rescue mission to save both elephants. 

The baby elephant had fallen into a two-meter-deep drainage hole, but the rescue team could not get to the caught elephant as the mother elephant frantically protected her calf.

“It was impossible to get near the baby while the mother was nearby so we gave her three doses of tranquilizers,” Dr. Chananya Kanchanasarak, a vet for Khao Yai National Park, told Sky News.

DANiNJECT equipment was used to immobilize the mother.

Before the mother elephant passed out, additional complications adhered as the elephant fell halfway into the drainage hole. This made it necessary to lift up the unconscious mother elephant with a boom lift mounted on a truck before it was possible to dig out a path that the baby elephant could use to escape from the drainage hole.

The mother elephant regained consciousness, and the two could return to the wild after the dramatic three-hour-long rescue mission.

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