Dearest HSI Team
We have great news for you!
After weeks of hot pursuit, nerve wracking moments, and
several sleepless nights, we have finally rescued Lakshmi Elephant. She arrived
safely at our center yesterday.
She is a nervous wreck and completely bony, with one severely
damaged eye. I am enclosing one photo of her with Dr Yaduraj. More photos
will follow soon.
The procedures and paperwork that helps us finalise and
close the deal are still happening, so we will soon give you more details. We
learnt that Lakshmi has a pet name called "Phool-kali" meaning
"blooming flower." Of course she looks more like a drooping flower
ready to drop from exhaustion at the moment. We are hopeful we can turn her
into a budding flower with the generous support that you and your supporters help us
This girl drove us all crazy as she decided to go off for a
stroll at midnight in the middle of her rescue operation and that took our
teams chasing and tracking her all night until about 5 AM to locate her, after
wading through a shallow river and walking through kilometers of crop fields.
She is certainly very mischievous and has a strong personality. We
know this also because she decided to go into a pool and refused to budge or
emerge for over six hours, spraying the mahouts with trumpet fulls of water jets
when they would try to get her out!! The mahouts want a week's rest to recover
from this rescue operation.....!! :-)
We currently have a team chasing the other elephant and
suspect this rescue may take a few weeks as well.
More updates and photos soon.
Love and Trumpets from Phool-kali, Geeta and the tired WSOS team!