The Reason Elephant Was Banging It's Head against a Tree Is Shocking
Recently, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe’s largest nature reserve, witnessed the terrible drama. Poachers decided to shoot an elephant to get its valuable tusks. As you know, ivory is still highly valued all over the world.
Wildlife poachers hunted down several elephants in the area. One of the animals was hit right in the forehead. Fortunately, this time, the poachers failed to seal the deal due to an arrival of a ranger patrol that heard the shots.
The criminals disappeared before the police arrived. The wounded animal was left alone to suffer the terrible pain caused a bullet stuck in its head.
A few days later, rangers noticed strange behavior of the elephant. It constantly blew the trunk and chafed against tree branches with its head. They watched the animal over some time and soon noticed the wound. Veterinarians arrived as soon as possible.
The elephant didn’t allow people to approach. Apparently, the memories of pain caused by the poachers haunted it.
For this reason, the animal was tranqulized so the doctors could rescue the poor animal.
Based on x-rays, doctors concluded that the bullet had been stuck in the skull a few centimeters from its brain.
Experts decided to perform an emergency surgery. In addition to the bullet, they removed a part of the bone which was dying off.
The elephant got a Pretty Boy nickname thanks to quick recovery and esprit. Unfortunately, hundreds of poachers hunt down suchelephants as Pretty Boy every day.
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