Now this is what we call a heroic act of jumbo proportions.
Veteran rescue worker, Mana Srivate, can now proudly add “Dumbo resuscitation” to his list of unique skills on his résumé after valiantly reviving a baby elephant that was struck by a motorcyclist while crossing a road with its family in the eastern province of Chanthaburi, Thailand.
Srivate was no stranger to performing resuscitation attempts on distressed victims thanks to his 26 years as an emergency responder. So when he was called to assist the wounded animal while off-duty on a road trip late Sunday, he immediately jumped to action upon encountering the moaning mini mammoth as it laid motionless on its side.
“It’s my instinct to save lives,” said Srivate, whose gallant rescue efforts were captured in a now-viral video. “But I was worried the whole time because I can hear the mother and other elephants calling for the baby.”
Without any specialized elephant CPR training, Srivate administered two-handed compressions to the tiny tusker while his colleagues attended to the motorcycle rider, Anan Cherdsoongnern, 53, several feet away. Cherdsoongnern sustained onlyre minor injuries.
“I assumed where an elephant heart would be located based on human theory and a video clip I saw online,” Srivate said. When the baby elephant [was] starting to move, I almost cried.”
After a grueling 10 minutes of touch-and-go suspense, the bruised but stable baby elephant finally stood up, and was then rushed to another location for further treatment.
Upon receiving a clean bill of heath, Srivate’s trunk-wielding patient was returned to the scene of the accident in the hopes of being reunited with its herd of wild pachyderm. The elephants soon re-emerged when the mother heard the baby calling for her.
Despite being a seasoned emergency services responder, Srivate said the baby elephant was the only victim he had managed to revive through CPR.
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