In Thailand, a man was able to resuscitate a baby elephant by giving him chest compressions.
The incident occurred in the province of Chanthaburi. Several elephants crossed the road and one of them was hit by a motorcyclist.
The driver was thrown a few meters away, the baby elephant remained lying right in the middle of the road.
Local lifeguard Mana Srivate happened to be on the scene.
While other eyewitnesses of the accident tried to help the motorcyclist, he rushed to help the animal and began to give him an indirect heart massage.
After about 10 minutes, the baby elephant began to move and was able to get up.
The man said that he had been working as a lifeguard for 26 years. But during that time he had never had to rescue elephants.
According to him, he had a poor understanding of the anatomy of these animals, so he began to do chest compressions, based on a video he saw on the Internet and on human anatomy.
“When the baby elephant started moving, I almost cried,” says the lifeguard.
The animal was subsequently taken to the veterinarians for examination, and after they were convinced that everything was in order with it, they returned to the scene of the accident.
Other elephants soon returned there for him, who heard the cub calling them.
The motorcyclist who hit the baby elephant is also fine – he did not receive serious injuries.