An important part of our job – monitoring injuries.
Two Salt River wild horses suffered a rattlesnake bite on the nose recently. The effects are truly hard to watch, but what’s interesting is that they are surviving it and are both on the mend! This is Pearl, she had a very hard time breathing and could not see a thing because of swelling.
Because of this, she lost her band, which left her vulnerable.
However, while we are authorized to give medical treatment for man-caused injuries, we cannot interfere with natural injuries, unless it’s euthanasia. That’s just what’s specified in our agreements.
So we’ve been monitoring her closely and we were able to get her back with her band, which gave her a much better chance, as she went with them to water. She’s now able to see again and breath a lot better already. We expect both of the unlucky wild horses to make a full recovery.
We will post a follow up picture as soon as we have it. Our field work and programs, (which are under attack), are important for knowledge and science, but also, humane treatment says something about who we are as Arizonans!
The word “wild”, doesn’t mean “just let them suffer”.
Please support humane management of wild horses by following everything we do, and learning more about how you can get involved and help!
Photo by SRWHMG Photographer Rick Blandford.