Waiting hopefully on injured ele Dhara, displaced from her herd during massive flooding in India

Dhara gets an x-ray. Credit: IFAW/S.BarbaruahDhara, an elephant calf, came to us on June 28th.

She had been hit by a car as she rushed across the highway in her efforts to find higher ground. Dhara is one of thousands of wild animals stricken by the deadly monsoon season we’re experiencing in the northeast Indian state of Assam.

I may have already seen hundreds of baby elephants, but seeing our International Fund for Animal Welfare and Wildlife Trust of India veterinarians taking an x-ray image of an elephant calf was truly a rare sight.

Dhara is now being cared for at IFAW’s Wildlife Rescue Center in the outskirts of Kaziranga National Park. The x-ray showed that Dhara is suffering from a knee dislocation on her left front leg.

She is about eight months old, and was found alone.

We believe she was displaced from her herd during the floods in the park.

An iron-reinforced cast was fixed on her leg to immobilize the joint for the next 21 days. The vets at the Center will review the wound after the stipulated time to see the progress.

In the meantime the calf is being looked after by the vets, animal keepers and two volunteers from the UK. They provide the calf with milk nine times a day and a healthy dose of food supplements.

Dhara pokes her head out of the nursery building. Credit: IFAW/S.BararuahDhara is very active despite the pain in her leg. She always keeps on exploring the enclosure and tries to climb up to the window to peep through and see if there is someone out there with food. And when the food comes she starts shouting out impatiently.

She looks awfully cute throwing baby tantrums to her keepers.

Even though she’s just a little calf, I felt that it was an elephantine task to tranquilize it, transport it to the center’s clinic, X ray her and fit an iron cast on her leg.

Now we’re all waiting for the 21st day of treatment when the vets will remove the cast to see the progress. I hope she regains her strength and is able to walk freely soon.

Stay tuned for more updates on Dhara coming soon. Many have asked how they can help support our efforts, and you can do so by donating here.


Comments: 8

5 years ago

Glad to see you are still keeping up the tremendous work that you all do in helping these animals.

5 years ago

Thankfully there is people like you who help defenceless animals the satisfaction you get must be over whelming this would be my dream to be hands on.

5 years ago

I am so very happy to hear of your fantastic work, if it was not for the IFAW many animals will suffer and die. Keep up the good work as the worlds wild life is a better place with your help.
Best wishes Elaine

5 years ago

Lovely to hear that Dhara is doing well, keep up the good work!

5 years ago

hi there thanks ifaw for all the hard work you do and help all the animals in the world it is amazing all the hard work you do

5 years ago

:,,,,,( such a sad but happy story I wish we could help them all x

5 years ago

I have just read about Dhara, and it is so sad that she is all alone now. Elephants are always very upset at not having the family members around them that they are used to. I realise that this little? lady is safe now and is getting food and so on that will make her a big strong lady, in time. Us humans could take a leaf out of the elephants book on bringing up baby, as they tend to look after the babies very well, in an extended family.
I wish we could win big on the lottery, as my husband and I have several charities that we would donate to, most of them being animal charities. As we are OAPs, money is always tight, but at the end of the month I hope to be able to send you something to help towards Dhara's bill. It won't be much, but if everyone gave a couple of pounds, it would soon mount up.
Williamina Gardiner

5 years ago

I feel so humbled when I hear of the things the IFAW do for the innocent of the world who rely on you. Bless you all.


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