While working at an animal hospital, you’ll encounter a wide range of animals, from dogs and cats to even bunnies and wolves. But when the vets at an Israeli animal clinic saw the injured wildlife about to be checked in, even the most experienced doctors were shocked.
During a routine patrol Israeli soldiers saw two people walking with a striped hyena that was severely wounded.
The hyena was held in metal chains, and it had been starved and very badly abused.
It was starved and badly abused.
The soldiers alerted the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority who quickly sent a vet to see the animal. The vet was able to stabilize the hyena’s condition.
He was quickly taken to the animal hospital where he was given urgent care. The vets ran numerous tests to see all the injuries this hyena had.
The vets tried to stabilize his condition and ran several tests to identify major injuries.
The poor hyena had several bruises on his body and an eye injury. The X-ray revealed that he had several broken bones.
As well as several broken teeth.
He was badly dehydrated.
But his will to live was strong, and he was going to survive.
They even named him Amos.
What a magnificent animal.
He was still in shock in the next few days, and refused any food.
But he eventually got better.
After multiple treatments that spanned over a month, Amos was ready to be released back into the wild.
First, they sedated him.
Then they weighed him.
The next part of their plan involved outfitting Amos with a collar that would act as a radio transmitter. A collar might seem bulky, but it’s much more effective—and less invasive—than if they were to use a microchip.
The collar would be used to track his location once released, just in case something went wrong. If they feared something has happened to Amos, the collar will make it easier for the team to find him and help him in the future.
With the collar in place, all that was left to do was to transport Amos back to his home. The veterinary team were going to miss having this little bit of the wild living with them, but they all knew it was time for him to go it alone!
>After a long drive, the team finally arrived at their designated release location. They removed Amos’s cage from the truck and set in on the ground. The cage door was opened… but Amos initially refused to leave!
It took a little convincing, but eventually, he started running off. He seemed hesitant, but he was also curious, and he eagerly sniffed the terrain. Then, he began to make his way off into the night once and for all.
But then something special happened: when he was well on his way and the team was sure he was going to leave without an issue, Amos suddenly stopped. What happened? Why was Amos frozen and staring back instead of running free?
He had turned around and looked back at his rescuers, as if to thank them. It’s impossible to know what was running through his mind—he’s a hyena after all!—but at the same time, the whole team couldn’t help but feel his gratitude.
Then, just as quickly as he had come into their lives, Amos was gone. While the team was sad to see him go, they were happy knowing from the signal on his radio collar that he was alive and well—and most active at night!
Thank goodness the vets were able to get Amos patched up and healthy enough to be released so quickly. That hyena will never forget them!
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