Moti, a 35-year-old Asian elephant residing in Southeast Asia, recently received a miraculous rescue after being immobile for 17 days due to a broken leg which nearly led to his death. The location of the rescue remains undisclosed, but it was carried out by Wildlife SOS, a conservation organization. The operation required a heroic effort as Moti had collapsed from an untreated fracture in his front leg, complicated by severe infections in his foot pad and toenails, with a lack of proper veterinary care making matters even worse. Moti’s immobility had caused hypostatic pressure, putting his kidney and heart functions at risk and worsening his condition.
Realizing the criticality of the situation, the Indian military joined hands with Wildlife SOS to hoist Moti up, an essential measure to prevent the hazards of hypostatic pressure. The operation was documented, capturing the incredible moment when Moti was rescued from the consequences of prolonged immobility. Prior to the rescue, committed volunteers from the charity and army provided care to Moti’s wounds and comforted him throughout the preparation phase. Despite being lifted up, Moti still carries severe injuries, rendering his front leg unusable. This adds to the challenge of transporting him to the Wildlife SOS’ elephant hospital, which is an 8-hour drive away, especially given the remote location where he is presently situated.
Currently, Moti is being aided with pain relief medication and is getting support to stand. He is displaying remarkable resilience by consuming healthy food and water despite the hardships he has encountered. Kartick Satyanarayan, the CEO of Wildlife SOS and co-founder, expressed his gratitude for the collective efforts that rescued Moti.
The author commends the display of patriotism by Shiv Kunal Verma, General VK Singh, the Chief of Army and Engineers, as well as the collaboration of the Forest Department and Moti’s caretakers in rescuing the elephant. The successful rescue not only saved the life of Moti but also showcases the collective effort to safeguard India’s precious wildlife and endangered species. Moti’s healing process serves as a reminder of the strength of cooperation and compassion during trying times.