Two wild elephants treated in north-east India for poaching industries18/12/2012 14:46:25 Mobile veterinary team treated both elephants
December 2012. With assistance of forest staff, a Centre For Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation "CWRC) Mobile Veterinary Service (MVS) team have successfully treated two injured wild elephants, in India's Kaziranga National Park.
In the first instance villagers reported an injured elephant unable to walk properly in the Sekoni Tea Estate. Upon reaching the spot, the team discovered that it was a male elephant, about 40 years old, with a swollen left forelimb because of a wound on the lower knee joint.
The MVS was then called to treat another male adult elephant with a swelling on the right leg. This tusker, estimated to be around 30-35 years old, was visibly stressed at the sight of the captive elephants approaching him and needed to be tranquilised. Relevant medical treatment was provided under anaesthesia and the elephant showed signs of recovery within an hour. "The tusker was placed under a 48 hour observation with a team of frontline forest staff and a captive elephant to monitor his movement and feeding behaviour," said Dr Bhaskar Choudhury, Regional Head of WTI.
Mobile Veterinary Service
The Mobile Veterinary Service (MVS) project is one of the unique efforts of WTI partnered by the Assam Forest Department and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and supported by Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL ) The project envisages placement of trained and equipped wildlife veterinarians in major protected areas across the country to ensure round-the-clock medical attention to displaced and distressed wild animals in need. At present, WTI runs five MVS units, three of which are in Assam and one each in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.