Nov 7 2010 by ATAAC
The truck smashed into this placid gentle giant with such force - many thought he wouldn't make it.
Wildlife SOS, a wildlife group dedicated to saving India's wildlife, rushed to the scene to provide the urgent treatment for Bhola. It was then that Wildlife SOS decided that Bhola would die if he was not permanently taken in and given the full time veterinary assistance he required.
After a long struggle, on Friday the 5th of November Bhola was welcomed with open and loving arms by Wildlife SOS to their elephant sanctuary, alongside the famous Champa - another severely neglected elephant they had previously rescued.
"Bhola is now in the care of Wildlife SOS under the supervision of the DFO AGRA of the U.P Forest Department. The resident female elephant, Champa, who is already in the Wildlife SOS rescue center has generously taken Bhola under her wing and is giving him a lot of attention." Said Geeta Seshamani, Wildlife SOS cofounder and long-time friend of ATAAC.
She added, "Champa is delighted to have the company of Bhola who of course is too weak and in too much pain to express any joy at the moment."
Bhola is 35 years old as per records, but he looks closer to 50 based on his frail and injured body. He is blind and was never given the TLC by his previous owners that he needed so badly. He was worked into the ground and made to walk everywhere.
Thank God there are groups like Wildlife SOS in the world that exist to provide a haven for animals much like Bhola and Champa all over India.
People are invited to sponsor Bhola and as Christmas is getting so close, it would make a fantastic and compassionate present for someone. Truly a present that will keep on giving. All funds will go towards the ongoing treatment and care of the gentle giant. Click here for more information. (The specific sponsorship for Bhola will be added early this week)
If you would like to read more about when Bhola was struck by the truck and the eventual rescue, please follow the links.