WARNING GRAPHIC VISION: An injured elephant was hacked to death by Kenyan villagers after it broke its leg while being chased from a farm.
A shocking video showing the animal being butchered by machete-wielding men was posted on Twitter on Monday.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) later confirmed that the incident took place in Imeni Forest, near Meru, on 21 June, 2018.
The distressing footage showed the wounded animal being slashed with machetes, axes and a curved panga blade as it desperately tried to get to its feet.
Another video later showed the animal injured on the ground after it managed to crawl a few metres.
The elephant was caught when it broke its leg in a hole that had been left after a tree stump was cut out.
This elephant had to go through this barbaric attack in Meru kithoka @MeruCountyGovt @tunajibu @FredMatiangi . This is criminal and inhuman they have crossed the red line I think. #IvoryBelongstoElephants @kwskenya @JacintaNzioka @KanzeDena pic.twitter.com/V875XQSNGA
— Jim Justus Nyamu (@NyamuJim) November 19, 2019
Villagers were upset when two elephants raided a nearby farm for food after breaking through an electric fence, according to KWS.
The wildlife organisation was criticised for not responding quickly enough after it arrived at the scene when the elephant was already dead.
The organisation said investigators were 70 kilometres away when they were alerted to the attack and made their way to the location as quick as possible.
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