Skip and I recently watched a fascinating program on public television that featured Wild Life Vets. I missed the introduction, so I can’t tell you specifically about the group (how they are funded, how and where they operate, etc), but they are amazing people who care deeply about the quality of life animals in the wild are living. The group includes not only veterinarians, but also assistants who are able to tranquilize animals when necessary, chase them down and secure them for the safety of both the animal and those working on him or her.
We watched as they helped to heal a giraffe who had damaged her hoof in a wire trap; went to the aid of a rhinocerous whose face had been badly damaged by poachers who cut off her horn; conducted surgery on a blind orangutang to restore sight in one eye so she and her daughter could return to the wild. The program also featured care of a seal living in a zoo, so not every animal featured had to be found, tranquilized and contained for treatment.
I was struck by the compassion of all of the vets and assistants, risking their own safety for the benefit of the animals. There is always plenty of bad news in the world, so how refreshing to watch people doing some really great work.