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Ultimate ‘FEEL GOOD’ Video: Wild Elephant Is Saved After Being Shot With Poisoned Arrow

In the video below, animal control officials do whatever they can to save a wild elephant after it has been shot with a poisoned arrow. Try as they might, local authorities throughout Africa cannot completely stop, or catch, all of the ivory poachers, but in this case, they managed to save an elephant’s life that was shot by a poacher’s poisoned arrow. In this particular case, there was a ‘happy ending’ for all parties concerned…especially the elephant’s.

Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, African elephants are still being poached in large numbers. Tens of thousands of elephants are being killed every year for their ivory tusks. The ivory is often carved into ornaments and jewelry – China is the biggest consumer market for such products. The ban on international trade was introduced in 1989 by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) after years of unprecedented poaching. In the 1980s, an estimated 100,000 elephants were being killed per year and up to 80% of herds were lost in some regions.

The ban allowed some populations to recover, especially where elephants were adequately protected. But there has been an upsurge in poaching and illegal ivory trafficking in recent years, driven by increasing demand in Asia, which has led to steep declines in forest elephant numbers and some savannah elephant populations.

Insufficient anti-poaching capacity, weak law enforcement and corruption undermine efforts to stop the poaching and trafficking in some countries.

An ailing elephant who had been shot with a poacher’s poisoned arrow was saved by a team of heroic vets in Kenya.On September 15th,2014, medics from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Kenya Wildlife Service treated the bull quickly after it had been felled by an ivory poacher in Tsavo National Park.Once the deadly arrow was removed and the wound was cleaned, the team administered long acting antibiotics ensuring that the elephant made a full recovery. 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.

 

H/T – panda.org

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