Watch: Elephant shot in head by poachers approached vets to get needed help

  • An elephant, who seemed to have been shot by poachers in the head, approached veterinarians to seek the help it badly needed
  • The vets who examined the elephant believed the large animal have been living with a bullet in its head for up to six weeks
  • Lisa Marabini and her team sedated the animal and found the bullet following an X-ray of the elephant

HURUNGWE, Zimbabwe – A video showing a breathtaking moment an elephant, who seemed to be shot by poachers in the head, approached veterinarians to seek the help it badly needed emerged online and caught the attention of the online community.

An article by John Shammas and Georgia Diebelius for Mirror Co UK said that vets who examined the elephant believe the large animal have been living with a bullet in its head for up to six weeks before it was discovered by staff from Aware Trust Zimbabwe.

Video footage showed vets sedating the elephant and giving him the needed care while inside the grounds of Mana Pools National Park.

The elephant was seen in the video clip with a prominent hole in the center of the forehead; showing where the bullet hit the poor animal.

Veterinarians are amazed on how the elephant was able to survive with a bullet in the head for more than a month, and more incredibly, how the animal started to heal quickly.

BBC News mentioned in an article that Lisa Marabini and her team sedated the animal, and found the bullet following an X-ray. The elephant was approximated to be 25 years old.

“We think he was shot outside of the park and came into the park for refuge. We suspect he was shot in head first and turned to flee and the poacher put a bullet in his side,” Marabini said.

The team who helped the elephant gave Pretty Boy as his nickname, and said the animal seems to have deliberately approached them and showed no sign of anger or aggression.

“It’s like he knew we were there with the intention of helping him,” said Marabini; adding that the elephant also had a shoulder injury.

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