With great excitement I jumped out of bed this morning at 5 am. Why would someone be happy to get out of bed at that time on a Saturday morning one might ask? Well… Normally, or actually always, I’m a grumpy bastard in the morning, especially when it is closer to night than morning…but today it was time to witness a vasectomy on a bull elephant!
We were told last night that we were invited by the management team of the reserve to attend their procedure to keep the numbers of the elephant population down. There are currently 73 elephants in the reserve and it is causing problems. Therefore they want to limit the offspring.
Doing vasectomies on the bulls means that they still produce the hormones and maintain their positions and natural behavior but, they’ll be “shooting” blanks. The whole project is sponsored by various donors and the team has been flown in from USA to take care of it. Today’s bull was number seven so far and the plan is to do a total of 15-17.
A small 2 ton bull…
The bull that was put under today by the darting chopper was a small bull at two tons but still…
It was unbelievable to see how it was all done in an hour, right there in the middle of the bush, and seeing how the harnessed bull was hanging from a lift and surgery was done on both sides simultaneously.
The mighty creature was up on his legs after less than two hours, though somewhat groggy, yet walking away with stitches on both his sides and a bit of blood running from the incisions.
The kind eyes
He will have no idea what has happened to him, nor will it change anything in his nature, besides not being able to impregnate any of his fine ladies anymore.
It was so amazing to just see this big bulk of animal being handled and taken care of. Just to stand there and look into this big guy’s eye was quite extraordinary. Elephants have such kind looking eyes. It’s almost like there’s some sort of compassion shining in them. It was an experience that I guess very few will ever come across to experience and I’m very happy to have witnessed the whole thing this morning.
What an experience
I’m sure that there are a lot of people out there who’re very jealous right now. I know that my good friend My must be very jealous at least…
The rest of the day had problems to live up to the experience in the morning. Though animal behavior is interesting stuff, it’s still far off. Not to mention identifying another ten trees around the camp.
My best to Snowflake, the bull that was sterilized this morning, and my sister on her birthday! All the best to you both!
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