Yesterday, February 4th, Mara Plains received a phone call from the Olare Orok Conservancy management asking for assistance in finding a male Cheetah suffering from a very bad mange infection. The wildlife vet had been called in and was waiting for the Cheetah to be located. Being the nearest camp to the last known location of the Cheetah MP sent out two spotting cars. After a three hour cat-hunt the Cheetah was found and darted before being treated by the vet. While examining the cheetah a leaking wound was found in the cat’s armpit. This was also treated before, at approximately 6pm, the Cheetah (now called ‘Punk’ due to his blue & orange fur after the application of skin treatment ointment) woke up with a fumble and a start before swaggering off to clear his head. Conservancy personnel followed him until he had regained full control and was safe from the many Lions in the area.
A big THANK YOU to the veterinary team from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for their quick response and also to the OOC management team for their efforts.
It is nice to see that on the OOC the future of the big cats is taken very seriously. The past three years have seen the population of big cats on the OOC soar – a direct response to increased protection of the cats and their habitat.
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