A 45-year-old elephant was nearly felled by poachers wielding spears on the African savannah. But thanks to the quick thinking of rangers and wildlife veterinarians, the iconic animal, known in Kenya as "Tim," is still roaming the plains.
When reports that Tim was wounded in Amboseli National Park reached rescuers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, vets flew in a helicopter in search of him. Once they found him, the vets tranquilized the elephant so they could take a closer look at the wound.
They found the evidence of a savage poaching attack: a deep gash created by a spear.