Disaster relief teams helping animals in the Indian floods
A team of volunteer vets and helpers from Wildlife S.O.S arrived in the flood stricken regions of India with 2 trucks of fodder, bran and medical supplies to help the many animals stranded and suffering.
The vets have been working around the clock treating, feeding and vaccinating against rabies. Unfortunately every scared dog is being declared rabid so it is vital the vaccination proceeds quickly. Many of the animals are drowning and semi poisoned because of the contaminated waters.
Amongst the madness Wildlife S.O.S. uncovered Sangli Mini Zoo and discovered 5 lions drowning in the rising waters. They got them to higher ground and then had to seek permission from the Indian Central Zoo Authority to move the animals to safety.
This was finally granted but of course they had to find the money for the sedation and relocation. HSI sent the emergency funds immediately and the lions were on the move to safety. We will keep you updated on their fate and that of the other stranded animals as reports come in from the field.
UPDATE 25th August 2005:
The lions are presently undergoing quarantine at the Tirupati Rescue Centre where they will be kept under observation, vaccinated and provided a nutritious diet to help them recover from their earlier life of zoo captivity. After the quarantine period of 30 days the lions will be released into large open areas where they can roam in their new found freedom. They will now reside permanently at the Rescue Centre and will be able to live out their lives peacefully.