This is the moment a five-ton bull elephant topples to the ground when vets give it anaesthetic after it had been by a poisoned arrow.
The footage, taken from a helicopter and on the ground, reveals the 14 steps which vets would take to save the wounded animals in the wild.
It is not clear where this particular footage was taken but the charity who filmed the footage, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, is based in Kenya and vets from the country’s wildlife service appear in the video.
At the start of the clip a helicopter is seen circling over a herd of elephants in a pool of water, before landing near a team of vets from the Kenya Wildlife Service.
The bull elephant topples to the ground after it was given anaesthetic by medics in Kenya
The injured bull elephant, who had two infected wounds from a poisoned arrow, is seen prowling on the ground as the vets close in.
Firing a dart from a helicopter to deliver the anaesthetic, the medics watch as the huge animal stands still, loses the strength in its hind legs and then topples on its side.
Working quickly, the vets prepare the animal for treatment by moving to keep its airway open and cleaning the arrow wounds.
The medics are then seen injecting the elephant with antibiotics, working from a four-wheeled ‘mobile veterinary unit’.
They then administer a reversal drug to lift the effect of the anaesthetic.
From the safety of their helicopter the rescue workers watch as the elephant gets back to its feet.
The charity said it had attended to 2,411 elephants over the past 15 years.
It said on Facebook: ‘Vet Units know first-hand that it takes a coordinated team effort to treat any injured wild animal… even more so when your patient weighs upwards of five tonnes, is suffering in pain and might not be feeling all that friendly towards humans.’
Medics approach the elephant from a distance and fire a dart to apply the anaesthetic drug
After falling to the ground the elephant lies on one side with its huge trunk on the floor
With the elephant asleep the medics work quickly to treat the animal for the poison wounds
A medic gives the elephant an injection as the charity workers and vets treat its wounds