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Unfortunately, this female hyena was found with a horrific snare wound, as well as other injuries. The snare had completely lacerated the trachea. She also had indications of another snare wound around one of the hind legs which displayed signs of either a fracture or severe muscle damage. The animal was in terrible condition, severely dehydrated and the decision was made by the vets to humanely euthanise her. Costs for this treatment were split by the Snare Rescue Group.
It is extremely rare that we have to euthanise animals we encounter with a snare. Experience has taught us that animals can recover fully from bad wounds and we like to give them a chance to do so. Sadly, this case was too far gone and the veterinary team decided to not let it suffer any longer.
This case is an indication that snaring continues to be a very serious problem in the boundary regions along the Kruger National Park and we need funds to keep supporting rescues, snare sweeps and anti-poaching patrols. With these funds, we support nature reserves and management who are working around the clock to repair broken fence lines and deploy anti-poaching rangers.