Quantcast

Enormous Elephant Makes B-Line Right For Them, They Realize Why Just In Time

The problem of illegal poaching has become an international matter. Countless animals have been decimated from these careless crimes and a plethora of wild animals have fallen victim to the deadly combination of ignorance and greed. This carnage was given a platform when Inside Edition posted a video of a Zimbabwe elephant who was shot in the head by poachers. Fortunately, the animal was able to survive the horrendous ordeal thanks to game stewards.

The wounded animal approached game stewards in a Zimbabwe national park. The bullet in the elephant’s head came from a high powered hunting rifle and missed his brain by mere centimeters. The stewards were able to sedate the elephant and render veterinary aid. Following an x-ray, the bullet was successfully removed, which saved the elephant’s life. The team who rescued him gave him the unique nickname of ‘Pretty Boy.” When the elephant recovered from the sedative, he stood up and walked a short distance before falling asleep against a tree. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Illegal poaching is a billion dollar market, mostly in Asia, and top prices are paid for animal parts to be used as medicinals and also for those who fancy themselves as “collectors.” Elephants are highly social animals, thus they are considered to obtain high economic value by poachers who execute them by the herd. Poachers will often remove the ivory tusks once the elephants are dead, leaving their corpses to rot.

A plethora of African countries have been working tirelessly with international law enforcement and conservation groups for over two decades with the hope of terminating the inhumane, barbaric trade. Elephants are not the only target of poachers. The African Black Rhino is a highly endangered species and only one male specimen in addition to a few females are known to still exist. Tigers are also the prey of those who erroneously believe that their body parts will provide cures for ailments such as impotence and cancer.

As of now, conservationists and international law enforcement are believed to be fighting a losing battle against the poachers who continue to execute animals at alarming rates.

Source: AWM
Photo: AWM

More News Stories

As we enter the home stretch of the presidential campaign, the gloves are clearly off on both sides - and the big guns are coming out. Both...

Amazing new footage from a police officer’s body cam shows him working desperately to help an injured woman from a burning car near Spokane.

...

New Hampshire recently failed to abolish the death penalty, by a slim margin of just one vote. Although no one has been executed in that state...

We’ve heard all sorts of horror stories of daycare workers abusing children before, but this one is almost as bizarre as it is disturbing. A...

A new program on the A&E television network shines a light on a program that links military veterans and service dogs.

Jim Stanek and...

Latest News Stories

The Trump administration’s hard-line stance on immigration has sparked a ton of debate. As with most things of a political nature, there seems to...

When an area goes by the name of ‘Skid Row,’ there’s a pretty good chance that the streets inside of it have a whole boatload of stories to tell...

Senator Rand Paul is the latest potential Republican presidential candidate to suggest that Mitt Romney is not conservative enough to win the...

Allegations that Donald Trump is inciting violence against Hillary Clinton are “utter nonsense,” according to Mike Huckabee.

The former...

A two-year-old girl spent six hours alone in a car when her intoxicated mother was taken to the hospital.

Kelsey James of Connecticut...

If you are a fan of reality television, game shows or music you have probably head of the television show, “The Voice.” However, what some music...

Comedian Dave Chappelle has kept a pretty low profile since leaving his Comedy Central show way back in 2005, but he still takes to the stage on...

A boy who depends on his service dog for his serious medical condition was thrown off a flight. Instead of getting home for Thanksgiving, the...

A 75-year-old woman proved just how tough she is. After her car crashed into a ravine, she survived in it for two days with nothing but soda and...

Bond has been reduced for a young Alabama couple from a whopping $1 million each to a mere $100,000 apiece, and they remain behind bars. According...