A baby elephant struck by a motorbike while crossing a road in Thailand survived after it was revived by an off-duty rescue worker.
Mana Srivate, who has been a rescue worker for 26 years, said he had performed dozens of resuscitation attempts in his career – but never before on an elephant.
In viral video, he is seen giving two-handed compressions to the elephant lying on its side in the middle of a dark road. It had been trying to cross a road with a group of wild pachyderms.
He shared, “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. I assumed where an elephant heart would be located based on human theory and a video clip I saw online.”
He added, “When the baby elephant started to move, I almost cried.” The elephant stood up after 10 minutes.
Mana’s colleagues also treated the motorcycle rider, who survived the crash without serious injuries.