Veterinarians of animal welfare organization Four Paws have discovered the cause of elephant Noor Jehan’s suffering at Karachi Zoo in Pakistan. “With proper care, rehabilitation is possible for Noor Jehan”, they said.
Noor Jehan’s condition, which began with limping, rapidly deteriorated to partial paralysis. After examining the elephant, the experts identified an internal injury and a damaged pelvic floor as the primary causes of her pain and discomfort.
The team conducted an ultrasound examination and additional laboratory tests to diagnose her condition and develop a treatment plan. They administered medications, vitamins, painkillers, and hydrotherapy to provide immediate relief for the suffering elephant.
“During the ultrasound examination, we detected an inner hematoma and a damaged pelvic floor. This shows that a trauma must have happened, which has caused her current painful health condition, and also explains her unusual body position,” veterinarian Amir Khalil said.
He explained that elephant Noor Jehan requires extensive movement to strengthen her leg muscles and improve her digestive system.
Since 2021, Four Paws has advocated for relocating the 17-year-old female Noor Jehan and her companion Madhubala to a species-appropriate facility meeting international standards. The authorities in Pakistan have finally agreed to move both elephants once Noor Jehan is healthy enough for relocation.
Karachi Zoo officials sought help from Four Paws because the necessary treatment and specialized equipment for Noor Jehan are unavailable in Pakistan.
The team has provided recommendations and guidelines for her recovery, with her survival now dependent on the zoo’s commitment to these guidelines. “We gave recommendations and guidelines for Noor Jehan’s recovery, her future and survival now depend on the zoo following them,” Khalil said.
Noor Jehan and Madhubala reside at Karachi Zoo, while the other two captive African elephants in Pakistan, Sonu and Malika, live at Karachi Safari Park. All four elephants were captured in the wild and brought to Pakistan in 2009.
Species-appropriate living conditions for elephants include large open spaces with natural surroundings and soft ground for movement. Elephants also require sand and water for mud baths, which they enjoy engaging with.