The sighting and treatment of the injured elephant, in 2013, seemed to give him a fighting chance for a normal, healthy life, but because elephants are under such threat from poachers, it can be hard to predict who will survive.
Happily, this week, Lewa reported that post-treatment monitoring shows the elephant is thriving, two years after the attempt on his life. "We are happy to report that post treatment monitoring indicates that the young chap made a full recovery!" Lewa Wildlife Conservancy posted to its Facebook page.
"With the population of the African elephant rapidly declining, every individual animal counts in ensuring the survival of the species," said Mutinda, the veterinarian who treated the elephant.