After support from Big B, elephant Bijlee put under care of Assam vet

Mumbai, PTI | Updated : 20 June 2013, 11:42 AM

The plight of an ailing old elephant has galvanised celebrities including actor Amitabh Bachchan and activist alike, and the pachyderm has now been put under the care of a specialised vet from Guwahati.

The 58-year-old female elephant, Bijlee, had collapsed last week in suburban Mulund due to weakness, said activist Ganesh Nayak, of the NGO, Animals Matter To Me.

Prior to that, she had fallen into a creek and injured her hind legs and suffering various problems ever since.

Bijlee had apparently been used during marriage ceremonies by the couple who own her.

"We brought in a veterinary doctor Kushal Sharma from Guwahati to treat the ailing female elephant. He specialises in treating elephants and is advising a medical team on how to continue treating Bijlee," Nayak said.

Several celebrities, prominent among them Big B, and online activists have been tweeting and sharing posts on social networking sites to garner support for the hurt giant.

Bachchan took to tweeter to make an appeal to contribute for treatment and upkeep of the "gentle giant".

Nayak said Bijlee has been given proper medical treatment which will last eight days and none of her organs has been damaged. "Her blood count is also normal," he added.

First Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:36 AM
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