Chinese elephants: Abandoned six-day old calf treated for inflamed belly button after it is rescued
An abandoned six-day-old elephant has been treated for an inflamed navel after being rescued from a forest in China.
The male baby elephant was found Sunday in China’s Yunnan province after being abandoned by his herd in Xishuangbanna.
In June, another elephant became separated from its group in Yunnan province after the herd traveled hundreds of miles from their wildlife sanctuary, near China’s border with Myanmar, in a much-discussed trip that went viral online.
Pictured: Abandoned six-year-old baby elephant found Sunday with a swollen belly button and nursed back onto the moor in China’s Yunnan province after being abandoned
Speaking of the baby elephant found Sunday, one of the rescuers told CCTV: “When we got to the scene, we found that its belly button was slightly inflamed.”
Bao Mingwei, director of the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center, added: ‘We used anti-inflammatory drugs to treat the infection around the umbilical cord.
“We measured some basic data, including body temperature and heart rate,” he added.
State television shows rescuers tending the elephant before taking the calf in a truck to a rescue center.
The footage initially showed the herd of elephants grazing and drinking from a river before the video was shot to show rescuers caring for the calf.
Mingwei, along with a group of rescuers and vets, are seen taking the elephant’s temperature and squeezing water into its mouth to restore it to health.
Pictured: The elephant is being nursed back to health by employees of the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center. The male baby elephant was found Sunday in China’s Yunnan province after being abandoned by his herd in Xishuangbanna, according to Tuesday’s CCTV report.
Pictured: Rescuers care for the elephant while he is treated for an inflamed navel
Pictured: Drone footage of the baby’s herd, which wandered off, leaving the six-year-old male behind. Luckily he was rescued by a group of animal workers who treated him
After some caution, he appears to get up again before being led by a train to the truck to be taken to the center.
Conservation efforts in Yunnan have doubled the number of surviving indigenous elephant communities in China in the past decade.
Meanwhile, available space has gradually shrunk over the years, with the tropical forests of Xishuangbanna being replaced by banana, tea or rubber plantations or being used to plant lucrative raw materials for traditional Chinese medicine.
Elephants in China are of the Asian elephant genus, one of the three living species currently recognized, the other two being the African forest elephant and the African forest elephant.
They are found throughout the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India in the west, Nepal in the north, Sumatra in the south and Borneo in the east.
Last month, another herd of roaming elephants in China that captivated the world when they went on a 17-month 300-mile trek finally went home.
The elephants were spotted near the Ganzhuang community in Yuanjiang Province, Yuxi City, Yunnan Province in early August. After a 17 month trek, they are about 200 miles from their home wildlife sanctuary
Drone footage that went viral shows Asian elephants sleeping with their babies on June 7
During their journey, the 14 Asian elephants gave birth to two babies, caused more than £760,000 in damage, went viral for napping, sucked up 400 emergency services, some 120 vehicles and an armada of drones on their odyssey.
The heaving convoy took off in March last year, leaving their time-honored natural habitat to traverse busy highways, city centers and residential areas, in a journey that left scientists dumbfounded.
Along the way, they looted shops, smashed doors, stole food, invaded people’s homes and even took a group nap in a widely shared photo taken earlier in August, which scientists now believe showed how exhausted they were.
After reaching the outskirts of Kunming, a thriving metropolis full of businessmen and tourists, they headed south again.
It is well known that elephants are incredibly intelligent creatures, something that makes the unprecedented journey as mysterious as it is fascinating.
During their journey, the 14 Asian elephants gave birth to two babies, caused more than £760,000 in damage, went viral for napping, absorbed 400 emergency services, some 120 vehicles and an armada of drones on their odyssey.
Pictured: Roads were blocked with trucks in June as 18 tons of pineapple and corn were distributed in an attempt to get the elephants to safety