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[Ambassador report] My experience : Elephant nail trimming

by Bal krishna Pandey | 21-11-2019 02:42 Comments 10 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Elephants are one of the best creatures in the world. They are the giant animals with lovely eyes:) Being a social creatures, they follow the human rules so they are captive.

Elephants can neither run fast nor jump. They walk on the tips of their fingerand toes. They are so called digitrades and belong to a group which also contains cloven hoofed and perisodactyla animals. Behind the tips of their toes, there is rekatively soft cushion. The sole of an elephant's feet has an irregular profile, which gives it traction and stops it from slipping on smooth surface such as snow or ice.

In order to maintain smooth surface of the nails, the nail has to be shortened make blunt and rounded by using knife, raps and blades. The crakes of toe should be firmly cut or modelled bybusing blades, an especially designed knife to prevent anaerobic bacteria to grow on the crakes of impair feet.

The elephants nails are not designed to be weight bearing structures, in general nail cracks are more commonly seen in older elephants. As a result of combination of problems such as accumulation of insects to the foot over year. So, the nail should be trimmed or rasped and rounded off at bottom to remove pressure from it and make nail healthier.

I got an opportunity to participate in one day foot trimming training organized by Elephant Aid International in Sauraha, Chitwan, Nepal. It was a new experience for me. There are many elephant welfare issues and this treatment helps to minimize the violence to them.
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Bal krishna Pandey

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Bal Krishna dai
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for this report
    Wow, felt good to read it
    I hope to read more reports from you
    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 29-01-2020 01:37

Bal krishna Pandey

Manisha  Upadhaye

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    I appreciate your queries.Those elephants are captive and are well trained.So,they follow orders of mahot(Person who controls elephant).In addition to it,its just like trimming our nails,thatswhy there won't be pain.So,there is no need of any anesthesia.And about next query,wild elephants walk freely,their nails would wear away but in captive ones,it won't happen.That's why,their nails need to be trimmed. In captivity, they cannot get enough time to have exercise as well as walk as natural. So, there may be chance of infections and trauma due to overgrown nail and foot pad. So to balance nail and footpads, we have to do nail trimming regularly.
    Posted 29-11-2019 05:27

Bal krishna Pandey

Bal krishna Pandey

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Balkrishna bro

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about your experience on Elephant nail trimming

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 26-11-2019 00:59

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Bal krishna

    It seems like you had a great and unique experience!
    Looking at the pictures, elephant nail trimming doesn't look easy at all.
    Reading your report, I got two questions. First one is, how come those elephants don't move, are they anesthetized? Another one is, if those nails are not trimmed by humans, is there any other way they can trim those nails by themselves?

    Thank you for the interesting report.

    Keep up the great work.
    Posted 24-11-2019 12:53

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Bal Krishna dai!!
    I hope you are fine and doing great

    Thank you for sharing an amazing experience with us.

    Keep writing and shining.
    Hope to know more from you

    Warm regards,
    Posted 21-11-2019 12:15

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