Earlier this year, yet another snare victim arrived at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC), this time a bull gaur calf. The wild bull was entrapped by a snare in Ratanakiri Province when a villager spotted the distressed animal. Thankfully, the kindhearted villager notified the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT), who were able to release the calf before the hunters returned. The team brought the calf to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Recue Center for medical treatment and care.
Although the calf did not have any open wounds, his left hind leg was severely swollen above his hoof. Through years of experience, caretakers knew that they would have to open the mass to drain toxins and fluids that had built up from the constriction of the snare. Without this procedure, an infection would likely cause this calf to lose its leg, if not its life. The gaur is now fully healed and is happily sharing an enclosure at our nursery with a rescued banteng calf.
Unfortunately, this calf is just the latest animal to arrive at PTWRC after getting caught in a poacher’s snare. Thankfully, our medical staff was able to heal the young animal’s wounds so he didn’t join the likes of Chhouk, the elephant, and Lucy, the pangolin, as resident amputees. This guar certainly will not be the last snare victim that arrives at the rescue center. The cheap and homemade weapons litter the forests of Southeast Asia and indiscriminately trap animals of all species, regardless of their size or endangered status. Thousands of animals suffer a slow and painful death every year in Cambodia as they are trapped by a wire noose. Wildlife Alliance’s rangers confiscate an increasing number of snares in the Cardamom rainforest each year, but the number of snares being set also continues to rise year after year. We are hoping to raise $3,000 to help our rangers combat this extinction driving crisis. There are only 42 days left in this campaign, so please make a donation today so we can prevent other animals from having to live their lives in captivity due to their disabling snare injuries!