Sometimes, it’s hard to fall asleep. Lots of thoughts rushing through your head, dreaming of home, worrying about the future, the list goes on and on. Well, these two orphaned Asian elephants feel your pain. Rupa and Aashi lost their mothers soon after birth, and without the love and affection so essential for development, these babies just couldn’t fall asleep at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) rescue center in north-eastern India.
Rupa was orphaned when she fell into a deep ravine in Kaziranga National Park, and couldn’t be rescued by her mother. Aashi was found in a trench in an Assam tea garden, separated from the herd. When Aashi was eventually reunited with her herd, she was rejected. Luckily, she was taken to the rescue center, too.
Dr. Panjit Basumatary, a vet for IFAW said, “With the small elephants, it is important to control their body temperature. I noticed in the mornings they could be cold from staying in the concrete nursery after being out in the sun during the day.”
These custom-made jammies are just what these elephants needed to fall asleep.
Though other workers were skeptical at first, they have now witnessed major improvement from these dressed up ellies.
Rupa is slowly recovering from a dislocated leg and deep wounds. Aashi was severely dehydrated and stressed after her separation from her herd, and is now on the road to recovery! Once they’re weaned off bottle-fed formula milk, they’ll be released into the wild in two years time.
We’re so glad Dr. Basumatary came up with a plan to help Rupa and Aashi get a good night’s sleep. To support IFAW’s work to rescue and protect elephants like Rupa and Aashi, visit their website.