The female elephant named Lakhi has had a traumatic and abusive life. She has been blindfolded and forced to beg at various temples and small towns, just to earn money for her cruel owners. Throughout the years, Lakhi has been beaten, whipped, and tortured, resulting in injuries and wounds all over her body, including painful swelling in her left temporal region.
Thankfully, on February 26, 2015, Lakhi was rescued by the Wildlife SOS team after the court intervened on her behalf. She was carefully encouraged to step into a specially designed truck and begin her journey to her new home, where she can live with dignity and peace.
Lakhi’s blind condition puts her at a constant risk of road accidents if not properly instructed. The Wildlife SOS team is even exploring the possibility of restoring vision in at least one eye by bringing ophthalmology experts from the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, over the years, Lakhi has not received adequate medical treatments, suffered from chronic traumas, and had spiked chains around her legs, resulting in puncture wounds and abrasions. She was also walking on asphalt for years, which severely affected her feet and toenails.
During the 1400km journey, the Wildlife SOS team ensured that Lakhi was well-fed and hydrated with boxes of fresh fruit and buckets of water.
Upon arriving at the Elephant Care and Conservation Center, Lakhi was weighed by the team to check her health and plan a suitable diet for her. The appearance of her shows that she has not been eating nutritious food suitable for an elephant.
Lakhi will finally be able to live comfortably in her new home with the Wildlife SOS team who rescued her. She is now weighing healthily, and was even caught smiling in her new place!