Wild animals are usually very timid around people, especially ones who have been injured at the hands of humans, which is why the staff at one safari lodge knew there must be something seriously wrong when a huge elephant showed up at their front door.
When a 30-year-old male bull elephant named Ben showed up at the Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in Kariba, Zimbabwe, the staff was startled at first at how close the massive animal was to the lodge, but then realized something was wrong with him.
Ben appeared to be in a lot of pain, was struggling to walk, and had bullet holes in his ear, however, the staff had no way of helping him since their vet was away for the weekend.
Staff members started spreading the word about Ben, and incredibly, a vet almost 200 miles away agreed to fly to the lodge to treat the animal, who patiently waited for six hours until help arrived.
“Logic would suggest that if an animal has an injury that considerably hampers its mobility, it would not attempt the climb and would rather stay on the level ground near water,” manager Nick Milne said of the desperate elephant who made a steep and dangerous trek to the lodge while injured to ask for help.
While Ben is still healing from his injuries, the vet managed to clean and disinfect the injuries he received from poachers who were trying to cut off his tusks for ivory, and put a tracking collar on him to track his recovery.
Watch the entire video below to see Ben’s progress.
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[Featured image credit: Bumi Hills Foundation]