The rescue would be complicated, so rescuers called on the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), which sent a veterinarian via Sky Vet, a program in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) that flies expert veterinarians to help African wildlife in peril. A vet got on a plane that same day to relieve the baby elephant.
"The baby is not in any danger and is simply succumbing to the anesthetic. Her actions are demonstrative of her protective behavior but the calf is not in danger at this moment," the DSWT said.
Sometimes, if a baby elephant becomes injured by a snare, he can't keep up with the herd and is lost in the wilderness - so it was of the utmost importance that rescuers remove the snare quickly, before the herd moved on.
"Though AK47s and cyanide poison might be the most recently reported weapons of choice for elephant poachers, snares cause much suffering and a terrible and painful death," according to DSWT. "They are indiscriminate and much easier to obtain than firearms."
Anti-poaching teams in the area have confiscated more than 135,000 snares that have been laid by bush-meat poachers and ivory poachers to date.