Tembo (Swahili for little elephant) was rescued in an emergency situation on March 11, 2014 with a horrendous hoof injury, missing at least 90% of his hoof. Apparently it happened in an accident, and the hoof was most likely trapped and pulled off when he tried to release it. Given the condition in which we found him we believe Tembo had been enduring this pain for several months with no treatment.
Tembo has attracted help from international hoof specialists (thank you Dan Guerrera from BareHoof) as his case is so rare and unique. In consultation with these experts, our local vets are trying hard to help him, but it may be at least 3 months of intense treatment until he can walk properly again. He has to have the wound bandaged and redressed regularly and needs special supplements to help the hoof grow back.
We are still not sure if Tembo will make a full recovery as his injury is so extreme but we are doing all we can and he is in the best hands. Without our help and intervention, Tembo would have lived a very short life in terrible pain and suffering and we hope we can help others like him who endure injuries that are completely ignored and untreated.
EXCERPTS FROM SIMONE LOUISE’S NEWLY RELEASED BOOK,
TEMBO’S FACEBOOK PAGE
Thank you everyone involved!