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Xylazine Hydrochloride (Rompun) and the new retractable-barbed dart ("drop-out" dart) for the capture of some nervous and aggressive antelope species

G.L. Smuts
Koedoe | Vol 16, No 1 | a893 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v16i1.893 | © 1973 G.L. Smuts | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 July 1973 | Published: 28 July 1973

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he successful capture and restraint of gemsbok, eland and kudu using the potent sedative, Xylazine hydrochloride (Rompun, Bayer) and the new retractable-barbed dart ("drop-out" dart) is described. These species were rapidly immobilized and rendered 100 per cent tractable by Etorphine/Rompun or Fentanyl/Rompun drug combinations. The drop-out dart proved to be invaluable for the capture of timid species as flight distances were greatly reduced and the chances of capture myopathy (overstraining disease) subsequently obviated.


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