While Priyanka begins forming bonds with the other rescue elephants, vets will be treating her for a long list of health conditions. After years of neglect, she was left severely malnourished and has corneal opacity in both her eyes, which will likely cause eventual blindness.
The nutritional deficiencies have caused her hind legs to bend inwards, and she also suffers from arthritis and damaged feet from years of walking on pavement. She also has fungal infections in her ears and trunk. Over the next few weeks, she’ll receive treatment for her medical issues and get a little extra TLC to ease her aching joints.
“Since it is winter, the keepers are making an extra effort to keep her warm, rubbing her down with warm oil and giving her a relaxing massage,” Sandilya said. “We’re determined to shower on her all the kindness and care she needs.”