Baby elephant NAMAL needs a new leg!

https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/baby-elephant-namal-lost-his-leg-to-a-land-mine–2

We have started a fund raiser to help a baby elephant!

You might wonder why…..?

I met Namal the baby elephant when we were in Sri Lanka in October 2014, with the expressed purpose of seeing elephants in the wild.

Namal is one of the many adorable baby elephants who live at a center for orphaned baby elephants. They are all given milk at feeding times, and then they go off to rest and play in the shade under the trees nearby.

 

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The baby elephant transit home in Uduwalawe in Sri Lanka.

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Namal, though, is different.

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Namal ~ up close and personal.

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How can such a little baby have such a big trunk? Namal gives many kisses with his trunk!

This baby elephant cannot walk very far. He lost one of his back legs when he stood on a poachers trap at the tender age of four months old. As a result, Namal cannot hang with the other elephants, which would be the natural tendency ~ to be part of the herd!

At present Namal has a “makeshift” prosthetic. Not very sophisticated, nor very effective. He can walk, but he certainly cannot go far, and cannot run. In addition, with elephants being so big and so heavy and growing so fast, his back is already being compromised due to not having enough support and being off balance.

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The sweetest little soul around… Here you can see how his back slopes down due to the lack of decent support from having a rustic inadequate “prosthetic”.

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This is the contraption being used right now as a back leg. Old, rustic and inadequate.

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Namal’s care giver shows us how he puts the current prosthetic onto Namal’s amputated leg.

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Namal cannot be in the prosthetic 24/7 ~ it is very uncomfortable and ill fitting. Without he cannot go very far. Many hours are spent standing alone rather than being outdoors with the other elephants.

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When we met Namal we were so touched by his sweet loving disposition and difficult life circumstances. We vowed to do our best to help him, and here we are.

We cannot do this on our own. We really will need help from other animal lovers to make this happen for Namal!

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It really is hard NOT to fall in love with this little baby. The closest thing to an elephant hug.. My arm, his trunk… we are connected.

We kicked off the Namal fundraiser at the first exhibition at the Flat Iron Building which I participated in… after our move in of not even a week.  We set up the Indiegogo site to facilitate donations… and we’re off thanks to early donations by friends and animal lovers and advocates all over the world.

 

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An easel full of “to do” action items for Namal.

It will be a long, complex project.

Complex because it requires integration and coordination between professionals and organizations, both in the U.S. and Sri Lanka to make this happen.

The first priority, of course, is to secure the right technical partners to address the difficult technical challenge of creating a prosthetic leg for an animal that is already 1900lbs (at 3 years old!) and growing fast.

We are already in discussions with the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago, which has a rapid prototyping capability and is willing to help with both their engineering students and their fast prototyping lab.

This will allow the quick 3D printing of a prosthetic leg in a material that will not bear Namal’s weight, but will allow us to fit the leg on Namal’s stump to make sure the measurements are correct.

Of course, to do this, we first need measurements of Namal’s leg, and that will be done by another University, near Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Our focus, for now, is to orchestrate all the right capabilities, but also to find adequate funding to cover the costs that the Universities won’t cover themselves.

 

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Namal’s amputated leg needs extremely accurate measurement to allow for the fitting of a prosthetic. Here Namal is balancing on 3 legs.

 

Our ability to carry this to completion will depend on people spreading the word to their friends and other animal lovers.

Please take the time to check out the link and to make donations, no matter how small. It all adds up.

Thank you to those who have donated already and got the fundraiser off the ground!

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All this fuss over me???

I really do believe that it does not do much good to see animals suffering and or in pain and just say “Oh it’s so sad”.

For me personally, I need to take the next step. Make an effort to make a difference. Even for one elephant, one baby elephant in Sri Lanka, if his life is happier and improves, then the effort and the time is all worth it.

Animals rely on humans. It is up to us to take care of them and to advocate for them.

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Namal is definitely smiling here as Ben strokes his rough skin and prickly little baby hairs sticking up on his body.

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Namal needs humans to survive. He is counting on us to be there for him!

 

7 thoughts on “Baby elephant NAMAL needs a new leg!

    1. GreenGlobalTrek Post author

      Oh THANK YOU!!! So much.
      Go to the very beginning of this post and click on the link, which is the fundraiser.
      It should be easy from there, but call us if you want us to guide you through the process.
      Love and gratitude! merci beaucoup!

  1. My Inner Chick

    **I need to take the next step. Make an effort to make a difference. Even for one elephant, one baby elephant in Sri Lanka**

    One elephant.
    One cat.
    One camel.
    One person.
    One starfish.

    Yes. Yes. Yes.

    By doing this, you change the entire world.

    x

    1. GreenGlobalTrek Post author

      It is definitely true ~ you can change one entire world when you save one soul.

      (The alternative is apathy.)

      P

  2. Vijitha Perera

    Dear Green Global Trek
    I wish to inform you that there are generous individuals who are supporting Namal for his prosthesis. You may have good intention but this kind of fund raisingn bring the bad influence on Namal as well as Elephant Transit Home. As you know that you haven’t spend a single cent for him yet. But, when people see this kind of campaign they think that it has enough fund. Further, when you putting pics of Namal in your website and some of our workers in those pictures, they get the accusation that involving/contributing of an improper fundraising program. Wish you understand this situation. Your early concern on this matter is highly appreciated. regards, Vijitha Perera, Veterinary surgeon of Elephant Transit Home

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