Kerala to have country’s first elephant hospital

June 07, 2015 04:39 pm | Updated 07:02 pm IST - Thrissur

India’s first exclusive hospital for elephants will come up in Kerala.

Noted elephant veterinarian Dr. Jacob Cheeran said: “The hospital will have an in-patient treatment facility for 10 elephants at a time. Besides, the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities would be there.”

Dr. Cheeran said the in-patient facility was important as majority of 500 captive elephants in Kerala were over 50 years-old and would require augmented healthcare support.

The hospital will be set up on a five-acre plot in the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Mannuthy. It is expected to cost Rs.10 crore.

“The contribution and the role of various agencies will be identified and then the Centre will be doing the needful,” added Dr. Cheeran.

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