walk with the ellies
October 3, 2015
We had taken a wondrous weekend trip to Wildlife SOS Agra, with a bunch of dear friends. Wildlife SOS encourages its visitors to volunteer for its rescued elephants and Indian bears. We spent two very memorable days bathing the elephants, feeding them, watching them engage in their daily rituals. Some of the stories of the rescued elephants and bears brought tears to our eyes.
There was the over obese Laxmi, the elephant who was fed 350 vada pavs every day, yet so badly mistreated that she was blind in the eyes. There were the baby elephants; Walnut and Coconut. Each elephant with a poignant history, before they were finally rescued by Wildlife SOS team. Stories of mistreatment, torture and torment. Few of them had a limp due to always being chained.
It was indeed heartwarming to see the great work Wildlife SOS is doing, to rehabilitate the animals.
This shot is from an enchanting early morning walk with the elephants. Yes, all the elephants at Wildlife SOS go for long morning and evening walks. And you thought only dogs go for a walk! We had a lovely time walking with them and listening to their myriad stories. Our children had the time of their life and were thrilled beyond words.
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