A mobile veterinary clinic providing emergency care to wild animals, including Amur tigers and Far Eastern leopards, has opened in the Primorye Territory. A cross-country vehicle has been fitted out with medical equipment required for emergency surgeries that could save animal lives in the wild. The mobile vet clinic was organised by the Tiger Centre.
"A Kamaz vehicle is used as a mobile veterinary clinic. It is equipped with everything required for emergency care, including a staff room, climate control system, a special operating table, a transport cage, and other equipment necessary for administering first aid to injured animals," said Viktor Kuzmenko, director of the Tiger Centre.
Previously, if an injured animal was found in the taiga, it was first immobilised in order to be transferred to the rehabilitation centre, and then immobilised once again for a medical examination. Thanks to the mobile clinic, veterinary doctors can help animals on the spot.
"As a rule, predators that require medical help are exhausted, dehydrated and have injuries of different severity. Timely medical care can save the animal's future health and even its life," said Yekaterina Blidchenko, a Tiger Centre zoologist and Land of the Leopard engineer and researcher.
The mobile veterinary clinic became possible thanks to the joint efforts of government and public organisations and people concerned with animals' wellbeing.