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One of Kenya’s oldest elephants survives spear attack after going to find the humans he knew would be able to save him

One of Kenya’s oldest elephants has survived a spear attack after he found the humans he knew would be able to help him.

Tim the 47-year-old bull elephant made his way through Amboseli National Park to a group of conservationists with a spear protruding from his head and a ‘huge bleeding wound’ on his forehead.

Medics, who had treated Tim in 2014 for a septic wound after he was speared in the rump, tracked him tirelessly through the night and saved the animal last week.

Conservationist David Bates and his team alerted the Kenya Wildlife Service’s emergency service after they heard that Tim, whose tusks weigh 100lbs, was heading their way.

‘I was excited to see him. But then, as he drew closer to us, we realised that something was wrong,’ Mr Bates told The Nation.

‘Protruding from his head was a spear, and on his forehead was a huge bleeding wound. It appears it was hit with a large rock.’

Mr Bates revealed fears that local farmers could have injured the mammal.

By the time a vet had arrived it was dark so the group kept watch of the tusker until the early hours of the morning, before sedating him with a dart to examine the injuries.

Conservation group The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who helped to treat the elephant in 2014, said his wound was not as severe as they originally suspected.

The Trust added that they believed the injury was not as a result of poachers, but people living near the park.

‘To everybody’s relief the injury was not as bad as first feared, with the spear injuring his ear and not embedded in his head,’ they said.

‘Tim is expected to make a 100 per cent recovery. This is not believed to be an attempted poaching incident, but rather conflict with humans.’

‘Within five minutes, Tim was up and heading back to the swamps in the middle of Amboseli.’

In November 2014 Tim was spotted limping around the park with a spear in his backside.

The team treated the septic wound in a 45 minute operation by removing the dead flesh and packing the area with antiseptic green clay – which led to him making a full recovery.

The Trust stressed that the animal’s injury was ‘a clear illustration’ that the Kimana Corridor has become a tense area for conflict between man and elephant.

The conflict between man and elephant has become more significant than poaching now, such is Big Life’s success in the area at reducing that.

Animal conservation charity Big Life Foundation has made an appeal for the funding of a 40km fence along the edge of the farmland, to keep the elephants and man separated and safe from one another.

It comes as last year the huge elephant Wide Satao made a miracle recovery after it was felled with a single poacher’s poisoned arrow in a Kenyan park.

Medics had to race against the clock to save the gentle giant after it was hit by a poisoned dart in Tsavo East National Park in Kenya.

If left untreated the poison would have killed the giant bull elephant within 48 hours. Wide Satao was sedated with a dart and had his wound cleaned, before being given a large dose of antibiotics.

Wide Satao is a ‘big tusker’ – a term used to describe elephants with tusks aged over 40 years, which are targeted for their valuable ivory – with each tusk estimated to be worth over $130,000 (£85,000).

There are said to be only 470,000 African elephants left in the wild, with poachers said to be killing more than are born.

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