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We are delighted to report that Daisy, a 51 year old begging elephant who has been living on the streets of Delhi for decades, has just been rescued. Just a short while ago, she arrived at the Elephant Rehabilitation Center (ERC) located in the picturesque Ban Santour Forest of Yamuna Nagar in Haryana. There she joins elephants Lilly, Erika and Ella, in a lush forest with endless acres to explore. The elephant center is run by the Forest Department in collaboration with Wildlife SOS.
Daisy was used for begging and wedding processions in the busy streets of Delhi. Her poor health condition shows how hard she was worked and how poorly she was cared for. Daisy has overgrown footpads and cracked toenails. She is blind in her right eye and can see partially with her left eye. Her ears are torn from the use of a bullhook.
Delhi has a population of almost 20 million. It is a dangerous and dismal place to be an elephant, and we have been working with the Government to get all of the elephants out of the city.
In fact, Daisy’s entire rescue operation was completed with the active support of the Delhi Forest Department and the Haryana Forest Department. A team from the Forest Department and Wildlife SOS escorted Daisy from Delhi to the Elephant Center in Haryana.
We will keep you updated as we learn more about Daisy’s history, her personality, and her condition. Until then, we hope you will join us in welcoming Daisy to the Wildlife SOS family.
That is great news!
Although she's only been here a few hours, Daisy has wasted no time in settling in and enjoying herself. After decades of working hard in the chaotic Delhi streets, we imagine this new life must feel magical to her. Welcome to the herd, Daisy. We are so happy to have you with us!