Thailand’s Mana Srivate has performed dozens of resuscitation attempts in his 26 years as a rescue worker, but under no circumstances just before on an elephant.
Mana was named into action whilst off duty on a road trip late on Sunday, effectively reviving a child elephant struck by a motorcycle whilst crossing a road with a group of wild pachyderms in the eastern province of Chanthaburi.
In a video that went viral on social media in Thailand on Monday, Mana is observed providing two-handed compressions to a tiny elephant lying on its side as colleagues a handful of metres away treat a dazed and injured motorcycle rider on the floor.
Both the rider and elephant had been recovering and neither had severe injuries.
“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 by telephone.
“I assumed where an elephant heart would be located based on human theory and a video clip I saw online,” he stated.
“When the baby elephant starting to move, I almost cried.”
The elephant stood up just after about 10 minutes and was taken to an additional place for therapy, just before getting returned to the scene of the accident in the hope of getting reunited with its mother.
The elephants quickly returned when the mother heard her child calling out, Mana stated.
Despite obtaining dealt with dozens of road targeted traffic accidents involving humans, Mana stated the elephant was the only victim he had managed to revive whilst performing Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
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