Man Revives Baby Elephant With CPR After Motorcycle Accident

December 22, 2020

A baby elephant struck by a motorcycle while crossing a road in Thailand is alive and well after it was revived by an off-duty rescue worker.

man gives baby elephant CPR
Credit: Reuters

Mana Srivate told Reuters he has performed dozens of resuscitation attempts in his 26 years as a rescue worker, but never before on an elephant.

In a video that went viral on social media in Thailand, Mana is seen administering CPR to a small elephant lying on its side as nearby colleagues treat a dazed and injured motorcycle rider.

"It's my instinct to save lives, but I was worried the whole time because I can hear the mother and other elephants calling for the baby," Mana told Reuters.

"I assumed where an elephant heart would be located based on human theory and a video clip I saw online."

The baby elephant stood up on its own after about 10 minutes.

"When the baby elephant starting to move, I almost cried," Mana recalled.

The elephant was taken to another location for treatment before being returned to the scene of the accident in the hope of being reunited with its mother.

The elephants soon returned when the mother heard her baby calling out.

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