In the end, the vet team decided to treat Nalakite. After sedating her, they cleaned her wounds and administered antibiotics, vitamins and painkillers. But when they gave her an antidote to wake her up, their fears were realized — Nalakite couldn’t get back up.
But the rescue team refused to give up. They got ropes and hoisted Nalakite back onto her feet, while her three calves darted around, looking frightened and confused.
When Nalakite finally stood, everyone cheered — but this celebration was short-lived.
A month later, rangers found Nalakite lying in a muddy water hole. It looked like she’d fallen inside of it, but she was too weak to get herself out.
A rescue team hurried to help her again, and they worked for 12 full hours to try and push Nalakite out of the mud. But it was impossible — they had to give up. Nalakite had no strength left. She was dying.