|now blind oldest female elephant ''Vatsala'', MP, Indiabhaskar.com|
|oldest elephant, Vatsala oct.2007metro.co.uk|
Above image; Oldest female elephant 90 to 100 year old Vatsala, Panna Tiger Sanctuary, MP is already wilting under advanced age. 'Oh, my knees are bothering me'...........
|90 to 100 year old female elephant, MP, India. newindianexpress.com|
Vatsala, perhaps the oldest surviving elephant in the world, having been active in her life as a sort of a nurse-midwife to pregnant elephants for three decades, is like an age old govt. pensioner, counting her days or months and trusting others to help her out. Now, she is lucky and is being nursed by her grand kids! Surprised?
|ageing elephant slideshare.net/|
This 90 to 100 years old animal is being well taken care of by the herd, that she took care of when she was young and energetic, according to reserve officials. May we conclude it is a humble way to convey gratitude to their grandma? Such expression of love and care is fast disappearing among us. We, the humans, have to take a cue from these young herd of grateful elephants who are gentle to the helpless old elephant. It is quite natural Vatsala gets grouchy when her arthritis flares up and gives her pain. Dr. Sanjeev Gupta of the Panna Tiger Reserve, said, ‘She is kind with the calves but is the first to give them a ticking off when they over-step the mark.’
|ageing eleohant. wisdomofage.net/blog|
Recently in Feb. 2020, this old female elephant became blind due to age factor. According to Dr. Sanjiv Gupta, Reserve's Vet, ....''her blindness is caused by incurable cataract and her digestive system too has collapsed, forcing us to keep her in the sickbay,” The herd of young elephants taking care of their ‘daadi’ (granny), include Bapu, born in 2017; Manya , born in 2011; Prahlad (2012), and others and Vatsala, through their touch identifies them. Surely, she is not only the pride of Panna Tiger Reserve, but also of India.