Elephant populations are plummeting around the world and the species faces extinction because of habitat loss, poaching, climate change, and human interaction.
Thankfully, however, groups like the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) are fighting to protect these incredible animals. So when people spotted an injured young bull elephant wandering around with a spear sticking out of his back, the two groups worked together to save him.
“Luckily his condition was reported to the Kenya Wildlife Service,” the DSWT said about the young male elephant that had been shot by the Maasai tribe after it got too close to their village. “We mobilized our Sky Vet Initiative immediately to ensure the young bull elephant received the timely treatment he so desperately needed.”
The veterinary team flew to the animal and tranquilized the elephant and successfully removed the metal spear, which was lodged three feet into his skin, and treated the wound. “These are early days, but the vet has given an encouraging prognosis and this young male will continue to be monitored over the next few weeks as he recovers. In the meantime, we hope for the very best for him,” the DSWT said.
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[Featured Image: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust]