Injured elephant gets new home in Delhi

An elephant, which was seriously injured in a road accident here two months ago, has been sent to a rehabilitation centre in Agra by a wildlife NGO with help from two international groups.

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2010, 20:18 PM IST

New Delhi: An elephant, which was seriously
injured in a road accident here two months ago, has been sent
to a rehabilitation centre in Agra by a wildlife NGO with help
from two international groups.

Bhola, a blind male elephant, was hit by a truck on the
night of September 23 in North Delhi when its owner was taking
it home after it performed at a wedding function.

The Wildlife SOS rescue team along with the police gave
timely assistance to help Bhola recover. The truck driver was
arrested and a case of rash and negligent driving registered
against him.

"At first it looked like Bhola would never walk again and
he would be paralysed for life, but the gentle giant had a
strong will to live and with a lot of efforts, patience and
determination Bhola is now finally on his own legs," said
Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS.

The NGO also managed to get the legal custody of the
elephant after it was found that the owner did not have all
the relevant documents to show that he owned the animal.

"With generous support from France-based One Voice
Association and HSI of Australia, Bhola has been safely
transported to `Elephant Haven` in Agra where it would have
other elephants for company," Satyanarayan said.

PTI