Elephant Abandoned by her Mahout
Yes, it happens. It happened in Mumbai last week, as this Indian Express Newsline report tells us:
For days, as hapless residents watched, the 35-year-old female elephant passively stood in the open, tied to a tree.But now the rains have abated, and the mahout is back.
"The poor thing was drenched and her legs have been affected. She has been in the rain for four days now," he said.
Dr Kazveen Umrigar, a veterinarian, said that while an elephant is unlikely to be affected by the rain, wet feet could lead to an infection. "If they start to feel cold, they can turn hypothermic and the body temperature can dip below normal," she added.