Luggard is one lucky elephant. When he was just a few months old, a pilot on anti-poaching patrol over Tsavo East National Park in Kenya spotted him struggling to keep up with his herd. Luggard had been shot in the hind leg and foot.
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While the exact reason for the shooting isn’t known, it’s possible Luggard’s herd was wandering through Kenyan farmlands, a common cause of human-elephant conflict. Luggard received veterinary attention and was brought to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphaned elephant rescue and rehabilitation center. There, Luggard received intensive medical treatments. Nine months later, Luggard is walking again. He’ll eventually rejoin elephants in the Greater Tsavo Conservation Area, which is heavily protected from poachers.
Footage courtesy David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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