Title: Phishan, the Resilient African Elephant, Needs Urgent Help for a Painful Broken Leg
Phishan, an African elephant bull with an astounding story of survival, is now facing a devastating fracture that threatens his well-being. After enduring unimaginable hardship and human conflict throughout his 35-year life, it is crucial that we come together to support him and prevent further suffering.
[Image: Phishan, an African elephant bull, has survived unimaginable horrors and hardships in his 35-year life – and now, a horrific fracture threatens all… | Credit: HERD]
Unbreakable Spirit: Phishan’s Journey of Survival:
Fishan was rescued by Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD) in 2002 from Zimbabwe, where he had experienced violent land grabs. Sadly, most of the elephants in the area did not survive such brutality, resulting in the loss of approximately 60% of wildlife in private game reserves and preserves. Fortunately, Fishan and his herd found safety at Kapama, HERD’s headquarters.
[Image: After enduring unimaginable horrors and hardships in his 35-year life, Phishan, an African elephant bull, now faces a horrific fracture | Credit: HERD]
A History of Pain: Orphaned and Forced to Flee:
As a calf, Fishan faced the tragedy of being orphaned and castrated due to an infection. Subsequently, he was forced to leave his home in Zimbabwe, adding to his already painful history. Despite these challenges, Fishan’s will to survive persisted.
The Peril of a Broken Leg:
Recently, Fishan suffered a severe fracture after unknowingly stepping into a hidden, water-filled hole. For elephants, a broken leg is incredibly debilitating since they heavily rely on their legs for support. Tragically, elephants facing such injuries often meet with euthanasia.
[Image: Fishan, an African elephant bull, has survived unimaginable horrors and hardships in his 35-year life – and now, a horrific fracture threatens all… | Credit: HERD]
A Fighting Chance: Rescuing Phishan:
Determined to give Phishan a chance at recovery, our dedicated team worked tirelessly for 36 hours to help the four-ton elephant stand on its feet again. Months of extensive medical treatment, including X-rays, casts, and painkillers, followed. Phishan now endures a bowed leg, accompanied by a limp, painful swelling, and pressure sores. While the immediate danger has passed, we must ensure the quality of his remaining years.
[Image: Phishan’s recovery requires ongoing support to provide pain relief and ensure his full recovery | Credit: HERD]
Dependence on Your Support: Donate Today:
To continue providing Phishan with the medical care he urgently needs, your support is crucial. The costs associated with his recovery, such as anti-inflammatory medication, pain relief, and specialist veterinary care, are extensive. By coming together and donating, we can help cover these expenses for the next six months, ensuring Phishan’s pain relief and a chance to thrive in the wild.
[Image: Donating to Animal Survival International will go a long way in supporting Phishan’s recovery | Credit: HERD]
Phishan’s Vital Role in the Herd:
Phishan plays an invaluable role in his herd, known as the Jabulani herd. He is regarded as a protective and sensitive spirit, assisting Tokwe, the motherly figure, in caring for the calves and maintaining order among the young bulls. Khansia, an albino elephant calf, sees Phishan as a father figure, and many others rely on him for strength and guidance.
[Image: Phishan’s role as a guardian and source of strength is vital to the well-being of his herd | Credit: HERD]
Standing Together for Phishan and His Herd:
Phishan’s herd is not merely a group of elephants; they are a closely-knit family. Matriarch Tokwe never leaves Phishan’s side, always staying by him during their journeys in the bush. This loving and supportive family demonstrates the importance of collective care for one another, even during vulnerable times.
[Image: Phishan’s herd stands by him in his most vulnerable moments, exhibiting the true meaning of family | Credit: HERD]
Join the Human Herd: Donate Now:
We implore you to stand with Phishan, become a part of his “human herd,” and provide him with the love, care, and medical attention necessary for his survival. Your generous donation to Animal Survival International today will make a significant difference in Phishan’s life, allowing him to live pain-free and thriving with his beloved family.
Q: How can I help Phishan?
A: You can help Phishan by making a generous donation to Animal Survival International. Your support will contribute to his ongoing medical care and overall well-being.
Q: What is the goal of the fundraising campaign?
A: The goal is to raise $7,000 (around £5,750) to cover the costs of Phishan’s medication, pain relief, and specialist veterinary care for the next six months.
Q: Why is Phishan’s recovery crucial?
A: Phishan’s recovery is essential as it will provide him with a chance to live a pain-free life and continue playing his vital role in his herd.
Q: How will my donation be utilized?
A: Your donation will directly contribute to ensuring Phishan receives the necessary anti-inflammatory medication, pain relief, and specialized veterinary care.
Q: Can I support other elephants as well?
A: Absolutely! Phishan is not the only elephant in need. Your support will also help other elephants under the care of HERD, ensuring their well-being and survival in the wild.