Tim, the elephant, shocked conservationists in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park as he approached them with a spear sticking out of his head.
Tim is a 47 year old bull elephant that made its way through Kenya’s Amboseli National Park to interrupt a team of conservationists as they counted buffalo calfs. David Bates was excited to have a look at Tim, but quickly noticed something was amiss.
“I was excited to see him,” he told The Nation. “But then, as he drew closer to us, we realized that something was wrong. Protruding from his head was a spear, and on his forehead was a huge bleeding wound. It appears it was hit with a large rock.”
By the time the vet from the Kenya Wildlife Service made it to area where Tim was spotted the sun had already set. This left no option but to track the elephant through the night, and hopefully tranquilize him in the morning.
This plan turned out to be a success and researchers were able find that the spear was not poisoned and that it had only penetrated Tim’s ear.
“To all our relief, the spear wasn’t poisoned, and had gone through the ear and merely scratched the skin underneath,” said the Big Life Foundation. “Within five minutes, Tim was up and heading back to the swamps in the middle of Amboseli.”
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust had this update about the incident.
“To everybody’s relief the injury was not as bad as first feared, with the spear injuring his ear and not embedded in his head,” said the trust. “Tim is expected to make a 100 percent recovery. This is not believed to be an attempted poaching incident, but rather conflict with humans!”
Surprisingly this is not Tim’s first experience with the local hunters. In 2014 Tim was found roaming the plains with a spear sticking out of his backside. Thankfully he was treated and able to make a full recovery during both of his near death experiences.