A terrible drama played out in Zimbabwe’s largest nature reserve called Mana Pools. Poachers decided to shoot the elephant to cut out its valuable tusks. After all, as you know, ivory is still very much appreciated in the world.
The villains tracked down several elephants and opened fire on them. One of the animals was hit right in the forehead by a bullet. But this time the poachers did not have time to finish what they started. A patrol of rangers was passing nearby, who were attracted by the shots.
The criminals hurried to get away before the guards arrived at the crime scene. The wounded animal was left to suffer from terrible pain because of the bullet lodged in the head.
The strange behavior of the elephant, which was trumpeting and banging its head against trees, was noticed by rangers a couple of days later. They began to follow the animal and very soon saw a wound on its head. Veterinarians were urgently called.
Terrible pus slowly flowed from the terrible wound.
Since the elephant did not let people near him, having already suffered pain from poachers, he had to be tranquilized. The X-ray showed that the bullet was stuck in the animal’s bone a few centimeters from its brain. The doctors decided on an urgent operation. In addition to the bullet, they also removed a part of the bone that had begun to die.
Fortunately, the treatment benefited the animal. The elephant woke up, out of habit began to rub his head against a tree. But, feeling a clear positive change in his body, he just lay down under a tree and fell asleep. The next day he felt much better.
For his miraculous recovery and cheerful spirit, the elephant received the name “Cute Boy” from veterinarians.