(DogFUll.Com) Team members at a remote elephant research camp in Botswana are used to seeing their share of injured animals, but were shocked to see a small dog dragging herself towards them one day.
Poppy must have sensed that these people could help, because now she is loved and getting the medical treatment she’s needed.
The team took Poppy under their wing, amazed that she had traveled so far to reach them and had survived the journey.
Better the rain than the scorching, arid heat, as the camp is just north of the Kalahari Desert. The researchers monitored Poppy for a few days, and as soon as he could, Graham McCulloch made the right-hour drive with her to a veterinarian.
“[The vet] said the chances were slim she could make it through the surgery or recovery afterward,” Stronza explained. “But she had so much life in her, and I knew we needed to honor her will to live and the hard fight she had already fought to find us and stay alive. I couldn’t agree to euthanize her.”
“Her eyes pulled us in immediately,” Stronza said. “They are huge, imploring, and sparkling with life. She bursts with the sweetest spirit, and we could see that clearly, despite the desperate condition she was in.”
“She already has so many people all over the world who love her from a distance and are checking on her progress daily and are eager to see a happy outcome, namely adoption into a loving family,” Stronza said. “She will regain her ability to walk, or she will gain wheels to help her around. I think she has a bright future!”