"I was excited to see him," David Bates, a conservationist, told Daily Nation. "But then, as he drew closer to us, we realized that something was wrong."
The 47-year-old elephant knew he needed help and went to where he would be able to get it. Bates and his team were the ones to spot the injured elephant when he came close to their camp.
Bates was immediately worried that the spear might have been poisoned and contacted the Kenya Wildlife Service, which sent a veterinarian out to treat Tim.