True healing can only be done with love, and compassion can bring a change in our attitude towards others. This pretty much comprises what happened in Cherthala, Kerala, when an elephant got stuck in a small marshy canal for more than 15 hours.
An elephant named ‘Mullackal Balakrishnan‘ was rescued on Tuesday 5th of September morning from a marshy canal after it rampaged through the streets of Valamangalam in Thuravoor. Rescue operation of this elephant took more than 15 hours with combined efforts of mahouts, local people, elephant lovers, the police and firemen.
The tusker was in a high testosterone phase when it ran havoc through the streets. This elephant belonged to Mullackal Rajarajeswari temple of Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) in Alappuzha and was getting transported on a lorry to Mullackal when it jumped out of the lorry.
The tusker got stuck in the marshy canal at around 5 a.m. in the morning and the rescue operation went on for more than 15 hours. Finally, at 8 p.m. in the night, the giant was rescued out by a 50 member police team along with mahouts, local people and elephant lovers.
Sreekumar Gopi, assistant mahout of Balakrishnan told Times Of India in an interview that “We were all in the driver’s cabin. We stopped the lorry at about 4 am when we heard some noise from behind. We saw the elephant had broken the rope and the iron rods. Soon it jumped out of the lorry and fell onto the road. We too jumped out and the main mahout Madhusoodanan tried to chain it. But the elephant soon stood up and went out of control. Though we called him, it soon ran to the eastern side of the highway. Though we tried to chase it, it ran away into the darkness towards the road leading to Valamangalam and we could not see him.”
This goes to show us how compassion and kindness towards other animals can bring out the goodness in our hearts.