Pachyderm Hospital Coming Up in India’s Kerala!

Walking With the Giants! Elephant herd at Thandi Sadak, Dhikala in Jim Corbett National Park; Photo by Pooja Parvati

DSC_1288India’s Kerala’s state, home to one of  the largest population of working elephants, is planning a hospital for the noble giants! As reported in The Hindu:

“The hospital will have an in-patient treatment facility for 10 elephants at a time. Besides, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities would be there.

“Elephant veterinarian Dr. Jacob Cheeran said the in-patient facility was important as majority of 500 captive elephants in Kerala were over 50 years-old and would require augmented healthcare support.

“The hospital will be set up on a five-acre plot in the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Mannuthy. It is expected to cost Rs.10 crore.”