Majestic intelligent creature: The elephant went to the safari lodge to beg for human help after being seriously injured and having to limp.

Majestic intelligent creature: The elephant went to the safari lodge to beg for human help after being seriously injured and having to limp.

Bull elephant surprised guests after approaching a Zimbabwe safari lodge

Staff recognised that he was suffering from a limp and then called for a vet

Experts found that he had been shot and had a deep wound in his shoulder

While treating that wound they also found bullet holes in one of its ears

This is the moment a wounded elephant pleaded with humans for help after it was shot by poachers.

The bull elephant, named Ben, surprised guests when he approached the Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe.

But manager Nick Milne soon realised that the animal was suffering with a limp and appeared to be severely injured.

Pictures capture the moment a wounded elephant pleaded with humans for help after it was shot by poachers

The bull elephant, named Ben, surprised guests when he approached the Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe

The elephant was tranquillised while experts examined the elephant’s injuries which were believed to have been caused by poachers

The in-house vet was gone for the weekend so another was called and volunteered to fly 200 miles to help the elephant

The in-house vet was gone for the weekend so another was called and volunteered to fly 200 miles to help the elephant.

In the six hours it took for him to arrive, Ben is said to have waited patiently earby, drinking water and grazing.

Experts tranquillised him and, after further examinations, found a deep wound in his shoulder suspected to be the result of a poacher’s bullet.

Ben the bull elephant hobbles around on the grass with a limp

 

Experts tranquillised him and, after further examinations, found a deep wound in his shoulder suspected to be the result of a poacher’s bullet

Caring: Vets cleaned out the bull elephant’s shoulder injury and treated the wounds with disinfectant

Cruel: To their horror, they then also found two bullet holes in one of his ears making it likely that the animal had survived two attempts on his life

Scrub down: After treating the wounds a team of elephant experts gave the elephant a good clena

To their horror, they then also found two bullet holes in one of his ears making it likely that the animal had survived two attempts on his life.

Ben is now healing on the property after his wounds were disinfected and treated by the vet.

The animal wears a tracking device so experts can monitor his improvement.

On the mend: Ben is now healing on the property after his wounds were disinfected and treated by the vet

Scars: The bullet holes are still visible on the elephant’s ears. Staff say it is now making a recovery nearby

Surveillance: The giant animal wears a tracking device so experts can monitor his improvement

On the move: Ben the elephant walked up to safari lodge in search of help after being wounded by cruel poachers

 

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