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Mana Srivate has performed dozens of resuscitation attempts in his 26 years as a rescue worker in Thailand, but never before on an elephant.
Mana was called into action while off duty on a road trip late on Dec. 20, successfully reviving a baby elephant struck by a motorcycle while crossing a road with a group of wild pachyderms in the eastern province of Chanthaburi.
In a video that went viral on Thai social media on Dec. 21, Mana is seen giving two-handed compressions to a small elephant lying on its side as colleagues a few meters away treat a dazed and injured motorcycle rider. The rider and elephant were recovering and neither had serious injuries.
“I assumed where an elephant heart would be located based on human theory and a video clip I saw online,” Mana said. “When the baby elephant started to move, I almost cried.”
The elephant stood up after about 10 minutes and was taken to another location for treatment, before being returned to the scene of the accident in the hope of being reunited with its mother. The elephants soon returned when the mother heard her baby calling out, Mana said. (Reuters)
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.