Baby elephant is saved with CPR after being hit by a motorbike in Thailand – before its mother comes and takes it away to safety
- Video footage captures moment paramedics performed CPR on the baby jumbo
- The one-month-old elephant was knocked to the ground after a motorcyclist crashed into it in Chanthaburi province in Thailand
- The elephant finally regained its strength and was reunited with its mother whilst motorist Anan Cherdsoongnern was rushed to hospital
This is the dramatic moment paramedics performed CPR on a baby elephant after it was hit by a motorbike in Thailand.
The one-month-old jumbo was knocked to the ground and crying in pain after a motorcyclist crashed into it in Chanthaburi province on Saturday.
The elephant was injured while the motorist, Anan Cherdsoongnern, 53, was flung through the air and hit the ground some 20 feet away.
This is the dramatic moment paramedics performed CPR on a baby elephant after it was hit by a motorbike in Thailand
The baby elephant was lying on its side while crying loudly. Staff at the nearby Forest Fire Control office heard the elephant’s cries and rushed to the scene.
As the animal was starting to lose consciousness and had a faint pulse, one of the volunteers began performing a CPR on the youngster.
Its pulse slowly returned, but it still could not stand up properly while paramedics called to the scene carried the injured motorcyclist on a stretcher.
The one-month-old jumbo was knocked to the ground and crying in pain after a rider crashed into it in Chanthaburi province on Saturday
The baby elephant was helped by volunteers and paramedics after being given CPR but it was still too weak to stand
The baby elephant was seen able to stand after a few minutes but it still could not walk properly.
The youngster later regained its strength after being moved by the volunteers in a truck to a quiet location across the roadside in the hope its mother would find it.
The mother elephant emerged from the forest at the roadside and went straight to the injured jumbo. She then ushered it back into the forest with her.
The youngster later regained its strength after being moved by the volunteers in a truck to a quiet location across the roadside in the hope its mother would find it
The mother jumbo went straight for the injured elephant and they were seen walking back into the forest together
One of the rescue team, Lek, said: ‘We gave the elephant first aid and then one of my colleagues had to perform CPR.
‘It was such a nerve-wracking moment. I’m glad the baby survived its injuries and is together with its mother now.’
The paramedics let the mother take its baby and waited for them to leave while treating the injured motorcycle rider. He is now in hospital recovering from his injuries.
Lek added: ”It was dark when the crash happened. We think the young elephant was scared by something and ran into the road, but we will wait until the injured man is recovered to ask him exactly how it happened.’