Adventures of a Dutch wildlife veterinarian
living and working in the African bush.
Avonturen van een Nederlandse wildlife dierenarts in de Afrikaanse bush.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
This pregnant zebra was attacked by a wildebeest a few days earlier. The horns penetrated deeply into the tissue under the tail, involving the vulva. It was looking bad, but luckily wild animals have an amazing healing capacity! I first darted her with a transmittor dart to be able to find her after darting. All went perfect and we found her easily. I cleaned the wound and stitched it up in several layers, leaving an opening at the lowest point for drainage.
Only 3 days later it was looking like this:
And 3 weeks later like this!
The lowest drainage point was dry and healing last, which is exactly how we want a deep dirty wound to heal. This mare will for sure be fine giving birth in the coming month. Great news. Looking forward to see the pictures of the foal.