Yuzvendra Chahal –India’s premier leg-spinner in the limited overs cricket, on Wednesday, visited the elephant rescue centre and the sloth bear facility run by a Wildlife non-profit organization to promote the awareness about wildlife in the country on the occasion of World Forest Day.
The leg-spinner also visited the Mathura Elephant Rescue Centre and the Agra Bear Rescue Facility which are being run by Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre. The sloth bears which were once a part of the centuries-old dancing bear trade are rehabilitated at Wildlife SOS Centre.
During his visit, Chahal interacted with the elephant keepers and veterinarians, extending his support to promote protection and conservation of elephants and bears in the country, as well as, learned about the past story of Maya, Phoolkali, and Laxmi among the 20 elephants under rehabilitation here.
As per IANS, a statement from Wildlife SOS reads, “Rescued from illegal captivity and circuses where they were ill-treated and subjected to cruelty, these gentle giants now live a life of freedom and receive expert veterinary care and treatment.”
Meanwhile, Chahal said, “It was a pleasure to visit the Wildlife SOS Rescue Centres. The efforts they are putting in to help these animals is really touching. I definitely hope to visit the bears and elephants again.”
Recently, the 27-year-old jumped 12 spots with a career-high 706 rating points to No.2 in the ICC T20I Player Rankings for bowlers following his stunning show in the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka.
Chahal, who picked up eight wickets at 6.45 in the recently concluded T20 International Tri-series, featuring Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well, has played a crucial role in winning Nidahas Trophy.
Chahal earlier in the IPL auctions was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore using the RTM card for 6 crores. Chahal after a good international season would like to make some meaningful contribution in the upcoming IPL for his franchise led by Virat Kohli who has shown immense faith in this young leggie.