Ele­phant breaks leg, dies af­ter three months of care

‘The in­fec­tion was not no­tice­able from out­side’

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Af­ter an ele­phant broke his leg and was left to hob­ble around the back­wa­ters of a reser­voir in south­ern In­dia, vil­lagers and vet­eri­nar­i­ans brought him food and tried to soothe his agony through treat­ment. But he died Fri­day af­ter ef­forts last­ing more than three months. Sidda, the name given to the ele­phant by for­est guards, was es­ti­mated to be 35 years old.

Sidda fell into a ditch and broke his right leg in the Manch­in­bele dam area in late Au­gust. He also sus­tained abra­sions all over his body, and had an ab­scess on his back that re­quired treat­ment. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred in the Sa­van­durga re­serve, a home to wild ele­phants in the Ra­mana­gara dis­trict of Kar­nataka state.

Doc­tors from Wildlife SOS In­dia be­gan treat­ing Sidda af­ter vil­lagers alerted for­est guards a day af­ter the ac­ci­dent. The ele­phant had col­lapsed and couldn’t move, and de­vel­oped sores on his left flank. Soon there was a puss for­ma­tion around the wound. Doc­tors ad­min­is­tered painkillers to help ease Sidda’s pain and an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion for the swelling and the in­fec­tion in his leg. For­est guards sought the help of the army to build a struc­ture to sup­port Sidda and en­able him to stand on his own without col­laps­ing. A metal frame kept Sidda sus­pended, and a sup­port struc­ture like a cra­dle lifted him up and eased the stress on his limbs, ac­cord­ing to Wildlife SOS In­dia’s web­site. A Ra­mana­gara for­est of­fi­cial, Man­ju­nath, said yes­ter­day that Sidda died of in­fec­tion early Fri­day. The au­topsy re­port said the in­fec­tion was caused by a puss for­ma­tion in­side the leg that was not no­tice­able from out­side. Man­ju­nath uses one name.—AP

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BAN­GA­LORE, In­dia: In this Fri­day, Dec 9, 2016 photo, a crane lifts the car­cass of a male Asi­atic ele­phant, known as Sidda, to place him on the ground for au­topsy af­ter he died of his in­juries, in Dab­ba­gali vil­lage, out­skirts of Ban­ga­lore, In­dia.

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BAN­GA­LORE, In­dia: In this Fri­day, Dec 9, 2016 photo, vil­lagers and others of­fer prayers next to the car­cass of a male Asi­atic ele­phant, known as Sidda, af­ter he died of his in­juries, in Dab­ba­gali vil­lage, out­skirts of Ban­ga­lore, In­dia.

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