Clinical & Field Article | Veterinary Surgery and Radiology

Rehabilitation of Recumbent Sub-Adult Tusker (Elephas Maximus Indicus)

Indramani Nath, Biswadeep Jena, Sidhartha Sankar Behera, Mandakini Sahoo and Dipna Johnson

Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha – 751 003

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal January 2022 : 99 (1) - pages 40 to 42
(Received: , Accepted: )


A wild sub-adult tusker, spotted in Khamar Range of Debagarh district (approximately 200 km from Bhubaneswar) of Odisha with clinical signs of lameness and suppuration at left ventrolateral abdominal, left scapular and shoulder region, was treated routinely under chemical immobilisation. Despite reversal attempts, animal remain in lateral recumbency for 4 hours. Lack of rehabilitation facilities inside dense forest; made the authors to conceive application of “physics of leverage” to uplift the animal successfully.

Key Words: Elephant, Lameness, Physics of leverage, Recumbent, Rehabilitation, Tusker

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