UPDATED: A Ray of Hope as Rescued Newborn Elephant Calf Recovers

UPDATE: 8.5.11

From IFAW-WTI field communications officer in Northeast India, Sashanka Barbaruah:

As the precocious baby grows up into a healthy elephant, makes friendships with some likely animal counterparts and embarks on a journey to become one of the Center’s most loved animals, it feels good to see him grow and learn the basics of survival.

The little calf “Dev” munched his first blade of grass today while walking with his keeper. He had a long walk within the centre premises while the herd of three other calves came near to him. He followed the same behavior as the rest three while they were grazing.

The diet of a new born baby elephant calf is entirely its mother’s milk. They do not start eating grass and other vegetation at least until they are a few months old. Dev is no exception as he needs to be bottle–fed milk every two hours. But for us it was good to see him imitating the herd.

The keeper describes Dev as bubbly and quick to learn. “I hope it learns its lessons fast and wish that the he grow into a huge, multi-ton, adult giant and return to the wild”.

Thanks to the keeper, Bhadreshwar and the centre veterinarian Dr. Abhijit who brought the calf back to health and filled its life with hope.

--SB

"Dev" the rescued elephant calf with Junmoni and Tora. C. IFAW/Chris Minge

UPDATE: 7.8.11

Going one step ahead to its recovery little "Dev" was allowed to mingle with the rest of the calves at the center. Dev seems to be enjoying the company of Junmoni, Tora and Dihing who have already welcomed Dev as the new member of the herd.

Bhadsreshwar Das, the animal keeper who is looking after the elephant calf presently said "At the onset we didn't expect, it would come so far and recover. But now Dev is recovering and we are taking him for daily walks within the center. It feels good to see him join with the group."

Though the wounds of the calf are healing fast, still it will take some time to get fully recovered. The calf is fed with milk with an interval of 2 hours.

-- SB

Dev, the recently orphaned baby elephant in Assam, India continues to recover with the help of some turmeric and the friendship of his new friend and keeper Bhadreshwar.

UPDATE: June 14, 2011

For the first time, little Dev looks good. His wounds are healing fast. Dev was allowed to walk around today with the keeper. He has been in the quarantine area more than a month. The little guy was emotionally devastated and was slow to heal from his deep grief and depression from being orphaned.

But now that Dev has started walking with his keeper Bhadreshwar (who began fostering his trust) he is already displaying some typical ' baby tantrums ' to his keeper. Earlier, he looked so lost. Now finally, the calf is developing that bond when interacting with his keeper. He is just beginning to recover from his trauma.

The elephant was given a hot water bath today, after which the keeper applied turmeric powder to its wounds. The warm water helps in scrubbing the dead cells which further helps in generating new cells.

“Turmeric speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and wounds”, said Dr. Abhijit Bhawal, an IFAW- WTI veterinarian who is looking after the calf.

For the first time I felt good spending time with the calf this afternoon. It was such a treat to say good night to him as he was settling into his small enclosure. -- SB

The rescued and now orphaned Indian elephant calf is stable and recovering.

UPDATE: May 5, 2011

After all the sad news of elephant deaths in Assam over the last week, we see a ray of hope.

This is thanks to the concern and care of the International Fund for Animal Welfare Wildlife Rescue Center vets and keepers who are trying hard to save this little guys' life.

The elephant was given a hot salt water bath today. It seems the warm salty water helps to heal his wounds. Now he can stand up own his own without the help of any keeper and he's walking inside the quarantine room freely. However the stress and trauma he suffered through is still apparent as he continues to be very scared of loud noises.

Like human newborns, our patient needs to be bottle-fed milk every two hours. To help with his recovery, antibiotics and vitamins are also being provided regularly.

This calf was nearly dead when he was admitted to the Center, he was shaky and shivering. Now, it feels so good to see him walking and having milk without any complications, seeing him recover this way brings us all so much hope.

-- SB

Read the original post about the rescue of this elephant and his mother here.

For more information on the International Fund for Animal Welfare effort to save animals in crisis around the world, visit http://www.ifaw.org

Comments: 57

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

So wonderful to see & hear little Dev is progressing more with each update....happy news that he has bonded with other calves & more importantly his caregiver!! Keep strong & get better with each passing day Dev!!:)))))))))

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

This is such wonderful news that baby dev is making slow progress,I am willing him on emotionally,mentally and physically with lots of LOVE. A BIG THANK YOU for the dedication of the keepers and IFAW.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

You would not buy ivory because it's too expensive? Is that your reason? Not because an elephant has to die so someone can adorn themselves? Wow...blown away that this attitude is still out there.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks for the continued updates, I am following this story, it is nice to hear how Dev is doing and to see the improvement. I am grateful for IFAW and all the caring staff! I would love to be working with animals in some fashion such as this! I live vicariously through all of the staff since this was not the career I chose long ago and am somewhat tied to it at the moment. Getting older one learns that one cannot just start over most things in life, that careers and relationships all take a lifetime to build.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I am an IFAW supporter; champion for animals and have been for some years now, I donate as much as I can but sadly there are always going to be disasters to cope with and sadly cruelty to animals due to mans greed, but it is heartwarming to hear stories such as little Devs recovery due to the love, care, devotion and compassion shown by his carers.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I have been a supporter of IFAW for many years, even though I am a persioner, I do try to donate as much as I can, though it never seems to be enough..It breaks my heart when I read about animals being killed for their tusks, it is downright cruelty..I do so hope that the baby elephant continues to thrive with the help of all his carers.. Carry on with the good work that you do all over the world.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank God for IFAW. These beautiful animals suffer needlessly and it makes me so upset. These animals are beautiful, intelligent, sensitive and caring and they do not deserve the mistreatment that people have shown them. The poaching must be stopped. I pray every day for these and other animals who suffer. We must all take a stand in support of agencies such as IFAW who are so important. I only hope I am able to give more and help more than I am now. Keep up the great work IFAW! The keepers at the rescue are wonderful. They work very hard to rehabiliate these animals and help build their trust. They are remarkable people. Thank you. God Bless you all.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

the story of this beautiful babies survival and loving treatment show that there are good people in this world. that some people think more of money and possessions than these magnificant creatures (and many more like them) is a sad inditment of the human race. you give me hope that maybe, maybe the human race will see what it is doing to the planet we live in before its too late. i thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work that you do. there is a place in heaven for you all!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

This is wonderful news! Hoping he makes a full recovery from this trauma so that he can return to the wild some day. Keep up the good work!!!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Such wonderful news that this dear little elephant is recovering and growing and mixing , all praise to the ones that are caring for it ,keep up the fantastic work please .

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