Hospital for Elephants

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For the first time, a hospital dedicated to elephants has been opened in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. A report in Reuters said, the facility has wireless digital X-ray, quarantine facilities, thermal imaging, ultrasonography and tranquilization devices.

Spread over 12,000 square feet, the facility can treat injured, sick or geriatric elephants. The facility located on the banks of river Yamuna, is supported by Wildlife SOS, a non-profit organisation. It is close to a conservation and care centre run by SOS.

According to government figures, the population of elephants in India dropped to 27,312 in 2017 from 29,391-30,711 in 2012.

Elephants in India account for more than half the population of elephants in Asia. They are an integral part of festivals, processions and tourist attraction.

According to Wildlife SOS website, the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre currently houses 20 elephants, which includes 12 females and 8 male elephants. The centre is full of natural vegetation with enough open fields around for their daily walks and several trees available, thus making it closest to the natural habitat of the elephants. Water pools have been provided to elephants with free access for them to bath and play.


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