The story resembles how big of a role we play in nature and how much wildlife is dependent on us. Even if we hurt the helpless animals, they still choose to trust humans which is heart-breaking. Even after being shot in the head by some poachers, this elephant showed immense trust in us and reached out for help when he saw a team of vets.
21. Cruel Humanity
The poor animal was already wounded but he decided to trust humans once again. How the vets pulled off such a challenging treatment and helped the elephant survive? Find out next.
20. Shot by Poachers
This elephant has survived after being shot by poachers in Zimbabwe.
19. Right In Head
The poacher went for a deadly head-shot. Amazingly, he survives, keep reading to find out how.
18. Nearly The End
The bullet struck just 5 cm above what would have been definitely a kill shot. It left an obvious hole in the frightened elephant’s head.
17. Where Did This Happen?
This incident happened in the Mana Pools national park located in the north of Zimbabwe.
16. Poachers: A big problem
Poaching is a way bigger problem than you can think in our world. And this heartbreaking story will prove it to you.
15. Heartbreaking Scenes
Animals are cruelly being killed on a large scale just to sell their body parts. These innocent animals are being massacred just because their body parts hold some monetary value.
14. The Ivory Business
In just three years, Ivory-seeking poachers have killed more than 1 lakh African elephants. Their tusks are removed after killing them and exported to industries all over the world.
13. And it is not just Elephants!
Poor tigers are killed for their skins and claws too. And they’re not the only ones!
12. But Many Other Animals!
Rhinos for their horns, turtles for their shells, small animals for their skulls and bones, there is a long list of items in this illegal poaching business.
The government is trying their best to enforce wildlife security but unfortunately, it is really tough to stop the illegal hunting.
11. Back To Our Elephant
So how our elephant saved his life from merciless poachers? Let’s get back to the incredible story.
10. Away from Shooting Range
The poachers were convinced that they have nailed a perfect head-shot to put the elephant to bed instantly. However, the bullet couldn’t kill the elephant and he used his last pump of energy to run away from their shooting range into the woods.
9. Searching For Help
After recovering from the trauma, he entered the Mana Pools park territory in search of help.
8. Still Trusted Humans
Even after being shot by evil humans, he still chooses to trust us and approached the Aware Trust Foundation patrolling in the Mana Pools Park in a Toyota 4×4.
7. Immediate action is taken
The faith this innocent animal showed in us surely deserved to be repaid. As soon as the park rangers found him, they knew that immediate treatment will be required and tranquilized him.
6. Assessing damage
After being shot by a tranquilizer dart, the big animal quickly went to ground. The vet immediately started assessing how deadly the blow was with X-ray scans.
5. X-ray results
The X-ray results showed that the bullet was hit around five cm away from where it eventually lodged under the elephant’s skin. The thick skin helped save the elephant’s life.
4. Repairing the damage
The vets removed the deformed bullet along with fragments of the broken skull from underneath his thick skin as he was being treated.
3. Difficult treatment
It required an entire crew of vets and park rangers to move the animal when he was unconscious for treatment.
2. Cleaning the wound
The vets pulled if off!
After completing the treatment successfully, they cleared the would and applied required medication for quicker healing.
After being unconscious for more than an hour, the 25-year-old elephant woke up with lesser pain.
He was nicknamed as Pretty Boy by the crew. They added, ‘The following day he was feeling much happier and very relaxed, and allowed Stretch, Keith and Lisa (the vets) to get very close to him for a final assessment.”
Kudos to Aware Trust organization for repaying the faith shown by this helpless animal in humanity.
This incident makes me feel extremely guilty and raises a question, do we really deserve these innocent creatures?