COMM: Film producer Verity White and her crew were filming with the Uganda Conservation
Foundation and the Uganda Wildlife Authority vet team when they came across this limping elephant. COMM: The young female elephant, thought to be in her twenties, had previously had a snare
removed from her leg. But seeing her discomfort, they realised that infection must have set
in since and she was therefore in desperate need of further treatment. COMM: When they first found her, she was located near water, a dangerous place for her to be
sedated. So the team had to work hard to move her into a safer location, so that they’d
be able to treat her properly. COMM: The rescue took a team of 15 people in total to safely dart the elephant and start
cleaning the wound. COMM: The animal’s trunk was held open to help her breath and a dedicated ranger monitored
her heart rate. COMM: In addition, she was covered with palm leaves to keep her cool. COMM: Once they began treating her, they made a shocking discovery. COMM: The wound was completely filled with maggots. COMM: Fortunately, they managed to safely disinfect and clean her wound. COMM: And the team left the elephant to wake up naturally and rejoin her herd.