Elephant survives poacher's bullet to head

Pretty Boy (Aware Trust Zimbabwe/Facebook)
Pretty Boy (Aware Trust Zimbabwe/Facebook)

An elephant shot by suspected poachers in Zimbabwe is receiving aid from veterinarians.

The 25-year-old elephant, called Pretty Boy, was rescued by Aware Trust Zimbabwe in Mana Pools National Park -- often the hunting ground of ivory poachers.

Elephant survives poacher's bullet to head

Pretty Boy receiving aid (Aware Trust Zimbabwe/Facebook)

Pretty Boy was believed to have been shot between three and six weeks ago.

"We suspect he was shot in the head first and turned to flee, and the poacher put a bullet in his side," Dr Lisa Marabini told the BBC.

"We think he was shot outside of the park and came into the park for refuge."

She said the elephant approached the vet team and showed no aggression.

"It's like he knew we were there with the intention of helping him."

Elephant survives poacher's bullet to head

Staff search for the bullet (Aware Trust Zimbabwe/Facebook)

Pretty Boy was sedated, and a metal detector used to find the bullet. However, medical staff decided it would be safer to leave the bullet in his head. Dr Marabini said he may require further treatment.

Newshub.