What it is like to have to put down elephants wounded by poachers.

In addition to the many animals killed outright by poachers, many many more die a slow and agonizing death as a result of wounds received from poachers’ guns. Very often they do not know where to shoot the animal and usually use underpowered weapons or the wrong type of ammunition. In the case of elephants especially, nearly all bullet wounds cause infection and eventually death.  I wrote the following story about a beautiful bull I had to shoot some years ago.



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