Video: Sheikh Hamdan rescues entangled oryx in Dubai
Dubai - The Crown Prince sedates it with a tranquiliser shot as he chases it in his 4WD.
A video of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, rescuing an oryx at a sanctuary has gone viral on social media.
In the minute-long clip posted on Instagram and Twitter, Sheikh Hamdan spots an oryx with a mesh of synthetic strings, resembling a net, tangled around its head and horns, after which he and his team chase the animal around in a four-wheel drive with a tranquiliser to sedate and untangle the animal.
After a brief chase, the Crown Prince successfully sedates it with a tranquiliser shot.
One of the team members cuts off the strings wrapped around the animal's head while he and his team hold it still.
Towards the end of the clip, the young royal cools down the agitated oryx with splashes of water as it gallops back to its herd taking respite from the summer heat under the shade of trees.
Captioned 'All good to go for this Oryx! Mission accomplished,' the video has so far garnered more than 300,000 views with hundreds of comments praising Sheikh Hamdan for his noble gesture.
Sheikh Hamdan is known for his random rescue missions, including the following three in the past two years, which went viral:
Sheikh Hamdan rescues lorry stuck in desertIn 2017, he helped a lorry driver stuck in the Dubai desert by pulling it out with his Mercedes G series car.
Taking the wheel himself, Sheikh Hamdan towed the lorry out of the sand with the assistance of a truck pulling his 4WD from the front.
Rescuing a turtle at the beachA day at a Dubai beach turned into a minor rescue mission for the Crown Prince as he helped a turtle stuck on the shore by gently pushing it back into the water.
Rescuing a gazelleWith a net tangled around its hooves, Sheikh Hamdan came to the rescue of a gazelle - earlier this year - as the animal hopped around a field in panic. The young royal carefully cut off the net and sprinkled water on the gazelle to cool it down.
The Arabian oryxArabian oryx formerly occurred in the deserts of the western UAE. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, former President of the UAE, found a valuable breeding herd of oryx in Abu Dhabi that has furnished stock for reintroductions.
Currently, two reintroductions of Arabian oryx in the UAE are well documented including the Arabian oryx release in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and the Arabian oryx reintroduction in the Abu Dhabi.
There are other oryx breeding herds in the UAE.