One of the most horrific cruelty cases witnessed in elephant abuse, Lakhi the elephant was blinded by her cruel owners & handlers and then forced to beg at various temples and small towns to earn money for her owners. Mishandled, beaten and whipped all her life, she has several injuries and wounds on her chest, forehead, ears and back. A painful swelling on the left temporal region, which is clearly visible, speaks of the torture she has undergone.
After enduring decades of abuse and neglect, the 60 year old Lakhi has been finally rescued. On 26th February, 2015, elephant was gently encouraged to walk into a special ten wheel truck that was hired for this very purpose and start her final journey to her new home.
The Wildlife SOS team will be bringing ophthalmology experts from the UK to explore the possibility of restoring vision in at least one of her eyes. This will improve her welfare considerably.
Her appearance made it clear that her diet has not been nutritious
Walking on the tar roads for years has severely affected her foot pads and toenails. Lakhi has chronic, painful injuries that have never received proper medical treatment. Adding to her pain and discomfort were the spiked chains kept consistently around her feet, which led to puncture and abrasion injuries.
She has reached her new home Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura where she will live her life with dignity and peace.
During the journey to Lakhi’s new home, the team decided to stop for a break and let her out of the truck to walk and stretch a little!
Lakhi being weighed after reaching home
Lakhi smiling at Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura