Remarkable Recovery: Arrow-Wounded Young Elephant’s Tale of Resilience

In the heart of the wilderness, an extraordinary story of resilience unfolded as a young bull elephant, approximately ten years old, faced the challenges of a life marred by injury.

This determined spirit belonged to the same elephant herd as the wounded matriarch and carried the burden of his afflictions.

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He bore an arrowhead lodged in the back of his left thigh and a limp from an injury on his front left leg.


Addressing this delicate situation requires a precise and expert approach.

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To ensure the young bull’s safety, a skilled team administered 10 milligrams of Etorphine Hydrochloride using a 1.5ml dart, all expertly delivered from a vehicle.

Just eight minutes later, the young bull succumbed to the full effects of the narcotic, reclining on his right side.


The examination revealed an arrowhead embedded in his left thigh, which was carefully removed.

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Remarkably, the arrow was found to be non-poisoned. Further investigation uncovered a deep spear wound on the inner side of his left front leg.

Following the same approach as in previous cases, all wounds received meticulous care and identical treatments.


The young bull’s journey to recovery was secured through the intravenous administration of 30 milligrams of Diprenorphine, expertly delivered through a prominent ear vein.

Within three minutes, he stood tall and robust, reuniting with a nearby herd of elephants.

The prognosis for this resilient young bull is promising, with the arrowhead confirmed to be poison-free.


This heartwarming story shines a light on the indomitable spirit of wildlife and the unwavering dedication of individuals and organizations committed to safeguarding the well-being of these magnificent creatures, allowing them to flourish in their natural habitat.

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