A Thai rescue worker has become a local hero after he resuscitated a baby elephant with CPR after it was hit by a motorcyclist. According to Reuters, the incident occurred in the eastern province of Chanthaburi, Thailand on Sunday. A group of elephants was crossing the road when a motorcyclist accidentally hit the baby elephant.
A Thai rescue worker by the name of Mana Srivate arrived on the scene and found a baby elephant on its side unresponsive. Although in his 26 years of rescue work, he attempted multiple resuscitations on humans, this was his first try on an elephant.
“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.”
Mana performed CPR on the baby elephant for 10 minutes until it started moving.
“When the baby elephant starting to move, I almost cried,” he said.
The elephant was transferred to the local hospital for treatment. Both the elephant and the motorcyclist will be okay. After the elephant was cleared by doctors, it was taken back to the location in the hopes of being reunited with its mother.
And when the baby elephant called out, the mother came forward and the two were reunited.
Interestingly enough, for Mana, this was the first time his resuscitation efforts actually worked and revived a life.