Namtan the dog had been tortured very badly when rescuers first saw her and she was in despair with not much hope of survival. Her nose had been cut severely and she was starving because she could not eat. Luckily for her, she was spotted by a rescue group who normally save elephants.
The Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand is renowned for saving elephants, but their compassion extends to other animals too, so when they saw Namtan they knew they had to rescue her. They found her on the street and her snout was dangling from her face. It had been severed, possibly by a machete or knife.
It was a struggle for her to eat, and finding food was such a challenge for her that she had resorted to eating her own feces.
It was very difficult for her rescuers to find a veterinarian willing to give Namtan the life-saving surgery she needed. They consulted with many vets that told them the surgery would be impossible given it had been a long time since her injury. But they finally found a vet willing to try and give her the life-saving surgery.
Thanks to the surgeon’s remarkable efforts, Namtan pulled through! Seeing her after her surgery I could hardly believe it. Namtan was eager to get going and since her operation, her injury has healed well and she’s now living at The Elephant Park Sanctuary in the loving care of her rescuers!
Watch her incredibly heartwarming rescue and recovery in the video below.
Warning: video contains graphic imagery that may be disturbing to some viewers. Discretion is advised.