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Vantara team rescues elephant and calf from Tripura

Updated on: 13 May,2024 03:48 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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The medical team embarked on a journey covering 3500 kilometers from Jamnagar to Tripura in a mere 24 hours to provide essential care for elephant Pratima and her calf

Vantara team rescues elephant and calf from Tripura

According to a release by PETA, Pratima and her calf were being unlawfully held without an ownership certificate, violating wildlife protection laws. Pic/Vantara

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In a daring rescue operation, Vantara mobilised a convoy consisting of six vehicles, including ambulances, feed vehicles and a dedicated team of 22 staff members to liberate elephant Pratima and her calf from Tripura.


The medical team embarked on a journey covering 3500 kilometers from Jamnagar to Tripura in a mere 24 hours to provide essential care for Pratima.


Their relocation was preceded by extensive treatment by Vantara's specialists. A veterinary surgeon from the trust who examined them in Tripura, found several wounds and lacerations on Pratima, as well as severe stiffness in the limbs, and blindness in one eye. Pratima was emaciated while her calf was also suffering from lack of nutrition.


Elephant Pratima and he rcalf being rescued by Vantara team

Despite the ongoing treatment provided by local veterinarians, including systemic antibiotics, painkillers, vitamin supplements and regular dressing, Dr Ghatare shared that Pratima and Maniklal's survival hung by a thread. Urgent intensive care and adequate nutrition were not just optional enhancements, but essential lifelines crucial to their very existence.

Under the expert care of Vantara's dedicated team, led by two veterinarians including Dr. Jahan from Gauhati, Pratima and her calf are now on the road to recovery. With round-the-clock medical attention and compassionate support, both mother and calf are experiencing a remarkable transformation.

Despite complications, Pratima and her calf's success story underscores Vantara's commitment to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Furthermore, Vantara's robust infrastructure stands ready to accommodate and provide continuous care for up to 500 elephants, ensuring that no animal in need is ever turned away.

According to a release by PETA, Pratima and her calf were being unlawfully held without an ownership certificate, violating wildlife protection laws. A veterinary examination revealed alarming signs of neglect, including emaciation, abscesses and injuries, highlighting the urgent need for intervention.

Set to spearhead wildlife rehabilitation, Vantara is a visionary wildlife preservation initiative founded by Anant Ambani and backed by the formidable support of Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation. Situated within the expansive Jamnagar Refinery Complex, spanning a vast 3000 acres, the vast expanse serves as a sanctuary for animals enduring abuse, injury or facing extinction.

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