Baby Elephant Takes Triumphant First Strides After Brutal Leg Injury

“In early February, a team from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya came across the bloodied baby elephant. He had bone-deep leg lacerations from the trap, and rescuers worried that he wouldn’t recover. Like this calf, many African elephants are orphaned when their mothers are killed by poachers. Sadly, they’re often left with no one to look out for them.

The rescue team took him in and named him. They cleaned his wounds every day and applied a medicinal mineral clay to help heal his injuries. Mwashoti had three long weeks of carefully supervised veterinary care, all while in confinement. 

In photos released this week, Mwashoti gallivanted and grazed with a playful posse of fellow orphans on his first forest walk since nearly losing his leg. His friends “understood they needed to be extremely gentle around him,” the DSWT said on its website. “Their company and love uplifted him enormously.”

Now that this plucky pachyderm is back on his feet, “he has a long journey ahead of him,” Angela Sheldrick, CEO of the DSWT, told The Dodo. “We will continue to give him time to heal, physically and psychologically, from the trauma of his wound and losing his family,” she said. 

If you want to help Mwashoti, you can make a donation toward the cost of the healing green clay used to treat his wounds.”

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Hot little number in her pick up truck

There were three Hayes kids.

Jared James, who no one really talked about because of his drug problem.
Jersey May, who no one talked about because…because she liked ladies.
And himself. Jamie Ray.

He was the only kid who’d turned out half way decent. He liked guns, and hunting, and beer. He liked rodeos and being outside on the porch in the sun with a beer and a cigarette.

He’d become a Texas Game Warden , which meant that he drove around protecting the wildlife and the environment. He tracked down night hunters, and poachers. He Liked his job well enough, and was good at it. 

But he lived for the summer.

He lived for the heat, when he got hitched up and hopped in his truck, heading down to the rodeos.

And He



He held a record for bother bronco and bulls, and had only once gotten hurt, when a bronco threw him, vaulting him almost halfway across the pen and running right over him. They’d cornered the beast, and someone had helped him out. He’d been pretty lucky, though he’d spent the rest of the season unable to perform.

This season would be different.

Jamie stepped out of his truck, adjusting his jeans and pulled on a baseball cap, heading off towards the competition pasture to see what all they had for him this year.

Could I make my scalped buck skull into a plant pot? 

Where the antlers used to be, the poachers took a large chunk off that reveals the inner brain cavity before they dumped the body. The skull will be ready to use when I go back home and it’s not good enough quality to paint like the others. I’ve also been thinking about getting another plant, so it would be interesting to try and plant flowers or something in the skull-poetic. 

I’m worried it would be too small, though, and that the plant could break the bone. It feels sturdy to me, but I’m very careful with handling my bones so I’ve never actually tugged on the cut section to see how pliant it is.

Come along the shore and toss your questions deep into the ocean! Maybe, if you’re lucky,a mysterious merfolk, or even a dangerous poacher, would be so kind as to come to you and reply. But beware, some of the mermaids are known to have a temper, and they will do anything to protect their home from you and the poachers.

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That is where former U.S. Army officer turned anti poaching enforcer Kinessa Johnson steps in. Recently she joined the ranks of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (“VETPAW”) as an anti-poaching advisor. Johnson and her fellow post-9/11 veterans train and support African anti-poaching rangers to prevent the extermination of keystone African wildlife, and the disastrous economic and environmental impact it would have.

“Pretty much everything [humans have] done to protect [elephants from ivory poachers] has failed. So elephants have decided to take matters into their own hands … or trunks or weirdly rounded three-toed feet or whatever. To make themselves less appealing to their greatest enemies (poachers), elephants all over the world have begun selecting against having tusks at all. For example, it used to be that only 2 to 5 percent of Asian male elephants were born without tusks, and you can believe those few were the belittled Dumbos of the group. By 2005, it was estimated that the tuskless population had risen to between 5 and 10 percent. And it’s not just happening in Asia, either. One African national park estimated their number of elephants born without tusks was as high as 38 percent.” #CrackedClassic

7 Animals That Are Evolving Right Before Our Eyes


In 2013 over 20,000 elephants were killed

In May of 2014 Mountain Bull was killed.

Yesterday, Satao The Elephant, a Kenyan icon, was killed by poachers.

Not to even mention the 68 elephants that were massacred in the Congo.

Kenya needs armed guards

Oh, and rhino populations have dropped 90% since 2008.

Last Male Northern White Rhino On Planet Has 24/7 Armed Guard Protection

Thanks to cowardly poachers, this is the last male northern white rhino left on the planet, and he’s called Sudan.

Sudan lives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, and thankfully, he is very well looked after. So much so, that he has 24/7 armed guard protection.

The conservancy takes the threat of this beautiful animal becoming extinct very, very seriously, and rightly so. It should never have got to this point in the first place.

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Indian labourers dig a pit to bury a one-horned rhino that was killed and dehorned by poachers at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, Gauhati, India. Forest officials gunned down two poachers after they killed the rhino inside the sanctuary while another escaped with the horn, according to forest officials. The price of rhino horn varies between US$65,000 and $100,000 a kilogram, about 2.5 times more than the value of a kilogram of gold | image by Anupam Nath


Flying Rhinos: Photos You Don’t See Every Day.

  These thick-skinned mammals, weighing up to 3,000 pounds each, were being transported to the Limpopo Province in South Africa. Led by the WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, nearly 120 black rhinos have been relocated, with the hope that a new home will help protect the critically endangered species from poachers.

If they don’t have champions, they are doomed to disappear…doomed to disappear.

These are the rangers that we fund in Russia to protect the last 450 Amur tigers. These men face blizzard like conditions, are often faced with armed poachers and patrol an area the size of Britain. Their dedication and hard work pays off and they have reduced tiger poaching in this area by half. Help us fund this vital work by donating here: http://www.davidshepherd.org/help-us/tiger-time/donate/

Gorillas worked together to dismantle poachers’ trap

July, 2012. Astonishing picture of the young gorillas who worked together to dismantle the poachers’ trap that killed their friend.Just days after a poacher’s snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas have been spotted working together to take apart poachers traps.

Today our field staff observed several young gorillas from Kuryama’s group destroying snares!’ Veronica Vecellio, gorilla program coordinator at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center, which is in the reserve where the event took place, blogged.

‘This is absolutely the first time that we’ve seen juveniles doing that,’ she told National Geographic.
Bush-meat hunters set thousands of rope-and-branch snares in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, where the mountain gorillas live.

For Animals.