"I was touched by their gesture. Instead of abandoning the monkey in my clinic as it happens in most cases, they helped me treat him and even took him to Pawan Sharma, Wildlife Warden for Thane."
In a rare act of selfless compassion, four auto rickshaw drivers recently saved the life of a monkey that was critically injured after electrocution.
A regular in their area, this monkey had settled near a tree in Mankhurd (W), Mumbai, back in November. One of the auto drivers operating in the area, Dilip Rai (23), said that they had spotted the monkey a number of times near the Mankhurd station, just outside the auto stand.
But, they grew concerned after monkey mysteriously disappeared a few days ago.
“On several occasions, we used to even feed him fruits. Three days ago, he disappeared. He came back Tuesday morning — badly burnt. He [was] unable to move,” Dilip told DNA.
Considering the critical situation of the monkey, Dilip decided to take up the baton to save the monkey, along with his friends.
Together with Shiraz Khan, Mahesh Gupta and Sabhajeet Rai, Dilip looked up a wildlife veterinarian and rushed to seek help.
They missed an entire day of work to drive almost 14 kilometres to Bandra, where wildlife veterinarian Dr Rina Dev was located, all to save the primate’s life!
With the monkey cradled in their arms and covered in a gunny bag, they entered the clinic to seek Dr Dev’s assistance.
“I was touched by their gesture. Instead of abandoning the monkey in my clinic as it happens in most cases, they helped me treat him and even took him to Pawan Sharma, Wildlife Warden for Thane and President of Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) at Mulund,” Dr Dev told DNA.
The monkey had suffered 30 per cent burn injuries to its face, hands and legs, but after their intervention, it is currently undergoing proper treatment.
Although the doctor is unsure about its eyesight, which might have been slightly damaged due to the shock and burn, its life, however, is now out of danger.
“It will take at least three to four days to understand if its vision will be restored, but the monkey has been eating well, which is a good sign,” she added.
As per her examination, the monkey might have been tamed as its canines had been removed.
The altruism of these four auto drivers leaves a noble precedent for all of us. Because of them, the monkey has now been put under the care of RAWW after all the permissions from the forest department. It will also get the requisite treatment from time to time.
Kudos to them!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)