When they heard an elephant had been gruesomely injured, Kenya Wildlife Service rushed to the scene.

Before they could help the poor pachyderm, however, they had to sedate the animal. So they shot the elephant with a tranquilizer gun, then got right to work treating the injury, which turned out to be a nasty spear wound inflicted by a human. They then marked the elephant with medical dye in order to track healing progress.

When the sedative wore off, the elephant got up and walked away — and experts expect a full recovery. We urge officials to investigate and file charges against the person responsible for this cruel act of violence.