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With humans invading forests and poaching becoming more prevalent every passing day, cases of barbarism against majestic beasts, have been reported time and again, especially in some parts of Africa.
This time, an elephant was found lying dead next to its severed trunk.
The brutal images that were captured using a drone display the barbarism with which the elephant was killed for ivory in Botswana.
According to the Metro News, poachers used chainsaws to cut off the animal's trunk and tusks before abandoning its carcass on the plains of the southern African country.
The African country recently lifted a ban on hunting animals, citing that a booming population of elephants was damaging farmers' livelihood.
The picture of the mutilated elephant, titled Disconnection, was taken by documentary filmmaker Justin Sullivan, who said:
They said an elephant had just been poached and I asked to be taken to the site. On arrival, I used a drone to capture the image.
Explaining why he chose to take the picture from above the ground, Sullivan claimed:
The high angle looking top down shows isolation and highlights not only the physical disconnection of the animal, but our disconnection from the situation.