Most animal rescue workers have pretty much seen it all, but every now and then something comes along that shocks even the most seasoned professional.

When veterinarians in Ecuador received a call about a jaguar that was injured in a hunting accident, they assumed it was just another one of many similar calls they receive. But that all changed once they started operating and discovered what had really happened…

A person recently discovered a baby jaguar, all alone and unable to move. That’s when they decided to contact a vet…

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Once the jaguar was brought to the vet they discovered that she was tetraplegic, which means she was unable to mover her legs. They decided to X-ray her, that’s when they made an unbelievable discovery.

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They realized the jaguar, who is suspected to be just 11 months old, was the victim of indiscriminate hunting. Vets found 18 bullets lodged inside of her.

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“Every week we receive wild animals from all over the country who are victims of indiscriminate hunting,” veterinary student at San Francisco de Quito University in Ecuador Veronica Cabrera said.

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“We don’t know exactly what happened because villagers don’t want to give information, but she was found next to a palm plantation without her mother,” Veronica said. “We suppose they were too close to the plantation and were shot.”

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The veterinarians never lost hope, they continued to watch after her. They even named her D’yaira.

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Soon after, Dr. Andrés Ortega and Dr. Gabriela Parra decided to perform surgery on D’yaira. While they removed some of the bullets, many were lodged too deeply in her bones to be extracted.

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Veronica estimates that D’yaira still needs just under six months of physiotherapy before she can be sent to a wildlife rehab center.

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“We want her story to be known by everyone, so people can prevent or stop hunting animals,” Veronica said.

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Luckily, D’yaira has already shown signs of improvement.

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Two veterinary students recently saw her move one of her legs on her own, which they believe is an excellent sign of the recovery process taking place.

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D’yaira is so beautiful, it’s great that she’s getting the treatment she needs to make a full recovery. Here’s hoping that happens sooner than later.

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