Horrifying image shows mutilated elephant after being hacked apart by poachers

This stark aerial photograph shows the brutality of poaching as a lone mutilated African elephant killed for its ivory lies in pieces on the African terrain below.

The elephant's severed head and trunk are all still visible in the horrifying scene which was captured by a drone camera hovering above.

Cruel poachers used a chainsaw to cut off the trunk and tusks just 20 minutes away from a nearby camp.

Poaching in Botswana is increasing rapidly, with an estimated 593%increase of carcasses in the Northern parts of the country from 2014 to 2018.

The drone photograph called ‘Disconnection’ was shot in Northern Botswana by award-winning documentary filmmaker Justin Sullivan.

His different perspective on the barbaric death of this mighty animal puts the poaching crisis in a whole new light, especially with Botswana recently lifting a hunting ban on elephants.

The photograph has now been selected for the prestigious Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, the results of which will be announced in September.

Justin, 28, from Cape Town, South Africa, said he was filming for a private company in Botswana and overheard rangers talking about the poached elephant.

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