Three of Africa's iconic "tuskers," or male elephants with enormous tusks, are roaming free once again after getting shot with poison arrows.
Tuskers have genes that make their tusks as long as 6 feet - putting them at risk for poaching attacks. With just 100 of them left in Africa, the loss of just one can be disastrous. Thankfully, rescuers stepped in to save these poaching victims.
A pilot doing a routine aerial surveillance flight over the Tsavo West National Park in Kenya spotted three tuskers injured on the savannah below earlier this month. He quickly called up Kenya Wildlife Service veterinarian Dr. Jeremiah Poghon, who flew out to the site to see the animals felled by poachers' poison darts. Over 48 hours, Poghon and his team located and treated all three of the massive mammals.(David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust)