June 13th, 2013
We had about an hour to work without risk of her waking up. Since she had gone down in a very sunny spot, we rolled her onto a blanket and 6 of us carried her to a shady spot to work. Dr. Seifert applied local Oxytetracycline antibiotic to her eye and gave an intramuscular injection of long acting Oxytetracycline. We were all eager to help with monitoring, physical exam, and TPR (temperature, pulse and respiration). We also removed a number of ticks and Ilse drew blood to bring back to the lab. Blood, tick and saliva swab samples will be assessed for a number of diseases including but not limited to Rabies, Filariasis and Babesiosis.Once we were finished working, cold water was poured over Bridget to cool her down and she received an injection of Atipamezole to reverse the sedation. We retreated in the land rover to a safe distance and watched to ensure she safely woke up. After about 10 minutes she sat up with the towel that had been placed over her eyes in her mouth. It was very cute! Convinced that she was now awake enough to defend herself against any other wildlife we left her in the shade of the trees and began our drive back to the main road. All in all a very interesting and exciting day!
Day of the African Child, June 14th, 2013The next day we caught a taxi (matatu) back to Mbarara where we helped with Day of the African child in the afternoon. Day of the African Child, http://dayoftheafricanchild.org/, is an annual event throughout Africa. It occurs during the month of June and NGOs and partners celebrate children and raise awareness for child related issues in Africa. The message this year was “Eliminating Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affecting Children: Our Collective Responsibility”.