Gajraj, a 70-year-old elephant belonging to the Royal family of Aundh in the Satara region of Maharashtra, completed his duties as a temple elephant for over 51 years.
Local fans viewed him as an image of worship because he played an essential role in temple processions and celebrations.
The story of this magnificent tusker took a dramatic and encouraging turn for the better just a few days ago. Gajraj, whose name means “King of Elephants,” has finally resigned from his duties and has been entrusted to the animal rescue and rehabilitation NGO known as Wildlife SOS for his long term medical care and treatment for the rest of his life. Gajraj’s predicament was brought to the public’s notice by a campaign that was run by PETA, and when concerned elephant lovers from all over the world learned Gajraj’s medical condition, hundreds of calls for Wildlife SOS to step in and help him accumulated.
Gajraj required medical attention for his toenail abscess, which might extend to the bone, in addition to the hip abscesses, while his foot pads suffered from significant deterioration. This was discovered after a medical examination revealed that Gajraj required medical attention. Because of this, he qualified for geriatric care during his entire life at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Center in Mathura, which is located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The royal family of Aundh gave him a heartfelt send-off before he left. The local populace, on the other hand, got increasingly furious and agitated as Gajraj prepared to leave. They gathered in great numbers, and things took a terrible turn when the mob turned disorderly. The atmosphere became increasingly tense with each passing minute, and a significant number of law enforcement officers were called out to ensure the safety of the Wildlife SOS rescue crew.
In the end, the elephant was transported using India’s one and only ambulance specifically equipped to transport elephants, known as the Elephant Ambulance. After that, he set out on a journey to his new home that would take them 2,400 kilometers, accompanied by experts in veterinary medicine, emergency medical personnel, elephant keepers, and members of a rescue organization.
Gajraj first cautiously tested the ground with the trunk before gently placing his foot out of the vehicle. After that, he strolled with no chains on his feet for the first time for the first time, accompanied by caring elephant keepers and vets to his new house, where he will live without any worry, and he will never be required to work at a temple or at ceremonies ever again!
As of right now, Gajraj can be seen spending his day lazily consuming fresh fruits and green fodder, all while splashing around in his personal pool and enjoying dust showers. In order to help him regain his strength, the veterinarians have begun treating him with daily medical foot soaks and draining his abscesses. In addition, they have started feeding him a special diet and providing him with dietary supplements.
THIS MAGNIFICENT ANIMAL DID NOT HAVE A GOOD DAY IN ITS LIFE.
THE OLDER TUSKER REQUIRES IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR A SIGNIFICANT TOENAIL ABSCESS IN BOTH OF HIS FEET, WHICH IS LOCATED IN HIS RIGHT FRONT FOOT AND LEFT HIND FOOT RESPECTIVELY.
THE CROWD IN AUNDH GATHERED AROUND THE ELEPHANT AMBULANCE OF THE WILDLIFE SOS ORGANIZATION.
GAJRAJ ENTERING THE WILDLIFE SOS ELEPHANT AMBULANCE