When the rescue team arrived, Yalala screamed and hid her face, so a vet gave her a low dose of an anesthetic to keep her calm. Then they freed her from the snare — but they could see she was in horrible shape.
Yalala was weak, hungry and dehydrated, and dry skin was crusted on her left thigh. But most concerning of all was Yalala’s foot — the snare had cut off its blood supply, and it was infested with maggots.
“Her foot had to be amputated on-site in order to prevent infection from spreading to the rest of the body,” a Gorilla Doctors spokesperson told The Dodo. “Basically, the foot was dead after having all blood supply cut off by the tightness of the snare.”