Monday, 6 October 2014

Incredible rescue of elephant shot by poachers caught on camera

Monday 6 Oct 2014 12:12 pm

This footage shows the incredible moment an elephant was saved from poachers by heroic vets in Kenya.

The bull elephant had been shot in the back leg with a poisoned arrow in a bid to get his ivory tusks in Tsavo National Park.

Once the deadly arrow was removed and the wound was cleaned, the team administered long-acting antibiotics to ensure that the elephant would make a full recovery.
Success: This is the moment the elephant got up after being helped by vets (Picture: Barcroft)

Rob Brandford, director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, confirmed that the animal would have died if it wasn’t for the amazing efforts of the emergency team.

He said: ‘In this case the tusker has a clearly visible wound on his back leg and the vets needed to ensure they acted quickly before the poison spread.

‘For other elephants however that aren’t treated in time, death by poisoned arrow can be horrendous and extremely painful – it can take hours, weeks or even months for the elephant to die depending on the freshness of the poison, the location of the arrow and how deeply it penetrated.’

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