Mobile Elephant Care
The Elephant Sanctuary has underwritten the cost to provide a
vehicle to better assist the prompt response
of veterinarians in the field. An email
dated July 13, 2006 from Dr. Kushal Konwar
The vehicle has helped my work tremendously.
Yesterday, a logging elephant had crushed her trunk very badly as
it was smashed between two huge rocks. The accident happened up in
the hill and it was raining heavily. On receipt of information, I
reached at the spot as my vehicle took me right to the spot without
any hassles. I could suture and correct the injury. The incident occurred
in an area called Rani, some 50 km from my station.
A later email dated July 15, 2006 from Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma
gave encouraging news about this elephant:
Thank you very much for your encouragement.
I have again attended the cow today. One
suture got a little loosened but the suture is still more or less holding
on. I used No.2 Black braided silk, double threaded. The cow is using
her trunk to drink water, fodder is being given directly into the
mouth. The ration is being cooked and being made into boli and being
administered directly. She will be alright.
Photos below show the new vehicle with some of the elephants who
will benefit from having this resource
in the field.