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A hospital dedicated to caring for geriatric, sick and injured elephants has opened in the Hindu holy town of Mathura in India last week—the first of its kind in the country.
According to a Reuters report, the 12,000-square-foot facility is equipped with wireless digital X-Ray, thermal imaging, ultrasonography, tranquilization devices and quarantine areas.
“I think by building a hospital we are underlining the fact that elephants need welfare measures as much as any other animal,” Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, the non-profit behind the hospital, tells Reuters TV. “That captive elephants are not meant to be used and abused but instead have to be given the respect which an animal needs if you are going to be using the animal.”
Elephants are extremely valued culturally in India, yet they are on the endangered species list. The current Indian elephant population is estimated at 20,000-25,000, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
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