It goes without saying that life can be tough. Sometimes, it feels like all we can do is roll with the punches that life deals and do our best to keep a positive attitude. In spite of news and current events that have the power to bring us down, we can rest easy knowing that there will always be good in this world. Take the story of Sidda, the elephant in the photos below, for example. It’s times like this, when an entire community, rescuers, and even the army has rallied behind one injured elephant, that shows us that there is no shortage of good in this world.
Siddha was found by locals wading in the Arkavathy River in Magadi, Ramanagara. According to Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, “Wildlife SOS has been assisting with medical care and treatment of Sidda with the permission of the Karnataka Forest Department and Chief Wildlife Warden.” This is significant, especially considering the dwindling population of Asian elephants because traditional conservationists would typically believe that an elephant like Sidda should be left to fight his own battles. Since his rescue, Wildlife SOS, Karnataka Forest Department, and the locals have all shown Sidda their support as he receives round-the-clock veterinary care.
Sidda spent a month in the river before rescue efforts began. It’s likely that he chose this spot to take pressure off his broken leg.
When he was discovered, locals brought food for Sidda as they waited for rescue efforts to begin. With help from Wildlife SOS, they carried out a four-hour rescue operation to help the injured elephant.
Since his rescue, the 35-year-old elephant’s condition has sadly not improved, but locals, along with many others, are rooting for him. Sidda has seen endless support from humans who have brought him food and prayers for his recovery.
Due to his deteriorating condition, Sidda can no longer stand without the help of a crane. He has spent much of his time lying on his side while people see to his needs.
At the request of former Army Chief and current Ministry of External Affairs minister, General V K Singh, 50 troops were sent to build a structure to help Sidda stand. Not only will this structure alleviate the stress on his injured leg, it will also provide a barrier between him and the crowds of people coming to visit him.
Although we know that the people visiting Sidda are only eager to get updates on his condition, this elephant needs all the rest and relaxation he can get. According to Katrick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, “we hope and pray for his recovery. We have already invested substantial resources in providing treatment including sending a veterinarian with a portable digital x-ray machine by plane.” We wish Sidda the very best as he continues to fight like a trooper.
To learn more about Wildlife SOS and the work they do, visit their official website.
All image source: Wildlife SOS