Small birds and creatures need tender love and care, but the big animals also need to be looked after. It is our responsibility to ensure that they are not abused in any way for experiment or for entertainment. When it comes to pain, love, joy, fear or loneliness, both animals and humans feel the same.
The big mammal needs care too…..
From time immemorial, elephants have been an integral part of history, tradition, myths and culture of India and Kerala in particular. One cannot imagine a festival in ‘God’s Own Country’ without the presence of an elephant. Just like dogs or cats, these big mammals are also considered pets. Have you ever thought of bathing an elephant in a lush green forest across the back waters?
Wouldn’t it bring a smile on your face to watch these jumbos have their ceremonious bath in the water reservoirs and to watch the big and small elephants dip joyfully, squirting water on each other? If yes, then visit the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre in Kerala where they are cared for and their injuries treated. Some of the elephants are abandoned by the circuses when they grow too old for the job or are simply rescued from maltreating owners. One of the major highlights of these Elephant Orphanages is the chain free life these mammals enjoy- freed to roam in well protected vicinities surrounded by trenches to keep wild animals at bay. For the sick and injured elephants, these centres are like retirement homes- comfortable zones where they are looked after by a team of experts. So, next time how you would like to see this beautiful animal- in chains or free
A unique hospital Down Under….
Healesville Sanctuary, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia is world renowned as the best place to see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. The sanctuary is of 70 acres of bush land that offers a distinctly Australian setting to experience unique close up encounters with some of Australia’s endearing wildlife – kangaroos, platypus, koalas, emus, wombats, dingoes, etc.
Australian Wildlife Health Centre is a working veterinary hospital treating over 1500 orphaned, ill or injured wildlife every year. The expert team shares the journey of animal rescue, rehabilitation and release. Set in a beautiful natural environment, the sanctuary offers a place for people and animals to reconnect with nature from creek to canopy. It plays a critical role in saving some of the world’s most endangered animals. The sanctuary is committed to fighting wildlife extinction. The hospital team conducts cutting edge research into conservation medicine, clinical wildlife medicine and wildlife rehabilitation and plays an important role in wildlife disease surveillance.