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    This exclusive film of the rescue and treatment by game wardens of a wounded cheetah was shot in the Nairobi National Park recently.

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    This exclusive film of the rescue and treatment by game wardens of a wounded cheetah was shot in the Nairobi National Park recently.

    The cheetah, one of a well-known and almost fully-grown litter of five, was badly wounded while learning to hunt. Game wardens captured it, after a frantic "dartgun" hunt, and its injuries were treated at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage and the Veterinary Laboratories at nearby Kabete.

    The animal is recovering at the Animal Orphanage, and a vet said it could be free in the wild again in about a month.

    SYNOPSIS: During the recent celebrations of Kenya's seventh anniversary of independence, a game warden in the Nairobi National Park found himself on a mercy mission -- to bring help to a cheetah badly wounded while on a kill. The cheetah was one of a litter of five, now almost fully-grown, successfully reared in this unique sanctuary to African wild life after their mother had been wounded while they were quite small. They were well known to visitors, and had been the object of close study by the Park's officers. The litter had reached the stage when they were beginning to hunt antelope on their own. These are said to be the fastest animals in the world over a short distance, and are sometimes known as 'hunting leopards', though they are faster, lighter, and more elegant than true leopards.

    But one of this well-known Nairobi litter was obviously badly hurt. In learning to hunt, he had apparently fallen foul of his own prey.

    The Park's wardens decided to anaestetise him with a medicine-filled dart shot from a gun. It was the only way to get him away from his four brothers and mother, for treatment. The animal obviously had something badly wrong with his right foreleg, and an open wound on his left flank. Wardens thought the wound could have been inflicted by a warthog, or wild boar.

    The open wound responds to antibiotics, but the fracture of the animal's right foreleg could only be treated at the Kabete Veterinary Laboratories 20 miles away. The fracture was a bad one, and the vet had to plate the bones.

    One port of call for the wounded Cheetah was the Nairobi Animal Orphanage - part of the Park itself. Here the cheetah got immediate treatment for its wounds, and here it is to spend its convalescence period. With luck, it would be back in the wild again in about a month.

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