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Heroes Save A Baby Elephant That Was Shot By A Spear


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.

Photo by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

“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.”

Photo by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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.

Photo by David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

What would you do if you saw a suffering wild animal? Let us know what you think in the comments below and please SHARE this with friends on Facebook.

[Featured Image: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust]

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