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Wildlife SOS & Friendicoes SECA Save A Mule from Flooding in Northern India with Rescue Helicopter

chopper_landed_in_the_area_to_rescue_stranded_mule1_copyAlthough continuing rainstorms during the monsoon season in Northern India, currently preclude search and recovery efforts for human bodies—some courageous Delhi-based animal rescue teams have saved the life of a single mule.

Friendicoes SECA and Wildlife SOS, both animal welfare organizations, teamed up to help bring the mule to safety earlier this week.

Stranded on a rocky out crop near Sonprayag in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, the animal was  rescued by helicopter from the lethal weather conditions—strong winds and rain and swirling flood water—after nearly a month of struggling to survive. The dire situation, as a result of monsoons, has lead to deaths of presumably 5,700 people in the state, but that has not stopped people attempting to rescue surviving animals in distress.

Geeta Seshamani, Vice-President of Friendicoes SECA said, “It was dangerous to land the helicopter in the area where the mule was stranded, but Capt Bhupinder took the risk to save a life and proved his mettle both as a pilot and a compassionate human being.”

Wildlife SOS and Friendicoes have deployed two disaster relief teams to Uttarakhand to bring medical aid to the distressed, stranded animals. The teams consist of veterinary doctors; para-vets with equine experience, farriers, emergency drivers and aims to provide veterinary aid, medicines, treatment and fodder to the trapped animals.

hhhChairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India, (Ministry of Environment & Forests) Government of India—Maj Gen R M Kharab said, “My heartiest congratulations to all those involved in this rescue operation. I am glad that a good example has been set by rescuing this stranded mule.”

According to CBS News, “Army and paramilitary soldiers and volunteers rescued more than 100,000 people who were stranded in remote areas cut off by washed-out roads and landslides” due to flooding in Northern India.




  1. Rebecca GIMENEZ
    United States
    July 20, 2013, 6:09 am

    Ummmmm….. what kind of rescue did they do? Euthanasia? Vertical Lift? Did they walk it out and feed it? This story isn’t very complete without details and photos of the actual rescue. This is what we teach first responders all over the world to do – and will be featured at the 5th International COnference on Large ANimal Rescue in November in Australia. I really want to know WHAT THEY DID…. this is a confusing article. Thank you!