A four-month-old baby elephant was rescued from a hunter’s trap in the forest of Myanmar’s southwest last month
Staff from the Winga Baw elephant camp are treating the severely injured leg of a four-month-old baby elephant which was found caught in a hunter’s snare trap in the forest of Myanmar’s southwest last month. Officials named it Ayeyar Sein in accordance with the tradition of giving orphans the first name of the state where they are found.
“When she arrived at the camp last month, her leg was terribly sore,” said Than Naing Oo, the camp veterinarian, as her cleaned the injury. “Now she is getting better as we treat her with medicine twice a day.”
Than Naing Oo said Ayeyar Sein’s parents were nowhere to be seen near the trap and were most likely killed by poachers. Poachers kill elephants for their tusks and skin, which are used to make jewelry and traditional medicine, among other things.
“The big challenge for us in taking care of baby elephants is to keep them alive,” said Shwe Yi Win Htet, manager at the camp, adding that two young elephants had died in their care.
“They do not have mothers to feed them and are instead fed with powdered milk. That’s why all of us are looking after them very carefully. Our priority is to prolong their lives,” she said.
Since the government reduced logging, many elephants and their mahouts have been out of work. To support these mahouts and to raise the fund for orphan elephants, many elephant camps appeared in Myanmar. Winga baw Elephant Camp also keep and raise the orphan elephants, give medical treatment to the elephants, and make sure their elephants get healthy diets. It takes care of total 20 elephants including 8 baby elephants under the shelter. Ayeyar Sein will be raised with the other orphans in the camp after her injury has healed.
According to a report, there are about 1,400 to 2,000 elephants left in the wild in Myanmar, while 5,000 are in captivity. It highlights elephant poaching as an emerging crisis in the Southeast Asian country.