Walk with The Ellies: #WordlessWednesday

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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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16 thoughts on “Walk with The Ellies: #WordlessWednesday

  1. Roshan Radhakrishnan says:

    Really sad to hear of the adult elephant turning blind… heartening to see at least the young are being treated well. We kind of have similar issues in Kerala. It becomes a touchy issue since it is often temple elephants involved

    • Natasha says:

      Yeah Doc many of the elephants here had been rehabilitated from Kerela.
      It was quite heart wrenching but at the same time special as they had finally found a caring home.

    • Natasha says:

      Yes the last time we were in Coorg we did. Bathing the elephants etc. One baby elie attacked me leaving my arm with a bruise.
      But was a fun day. Had a nice local lunch there and went on a Coracal ride on the river- the roundish boats! Did you too?

    • Natasha says:

      You must go visit Wildlife SOS and volunteer if you can; thats if you like elephants and bears. I want to go back again and this post has evoked a lot of emotions within.

  2. Jaya Agarwal says:

    What a beautiful way to spend time with the kids as well as the wildlife. The mistreatment given to the animals are absolutely unforgettable. India needs more of such Wildlife SOS.

    Thanks so much for visiting and your comment, Jaya.

    • Natasha says:

      Absolutely, they do need more organisations working for the betterment of our animals. Wildlife SOS is doing a great job by rehabilitating them.
      In fact if you notice the “Bhalu walas” have drastically reduced in number, rather we barely see them. That’s because Wildlife SOS has rehabilitated most of the bears.

      They are doing a commendable job indeed.

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