Monday, 19 September 2011

Baby Elephant Rescued

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has rescued a two-month-old male baby elephant abandoned at Hamukungu Island on Lake George, near Katunguru trading centre in Kasese District.

The elephant named Charles Hamukungu after the fisherman who picked it and the island it was rescued from, was left behind by an elephant family from Queen Elizabeth National Park after fracturing its leg.

“He carried it in the boat to Hamukungu landing site and we called UWA rangers who carried it to UWA ranger post at Katunguru where they have been looking after it for two months. The baby elephant received treatment from Dr Margaret Driciru, a veterinary doctor, while at Katunguru, adding that UWA officials resolved to take it to the Uganda Wildlife Educational Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe. The animal is in a healthy condition and takes about two litres of milk per meal.

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