Kerala

Wild elephant rescued from well at Thekkuthode

Out safe and sound:The wild elephant that fell into an open well coming out of it through the ramp dug by the forest personnel at Thekkuthode, near Konni, on Wednesday.— Photo: Leju Kamal

Out safe and sound:The wild elephant that fell into an open well coming out of it through the ramp dug by the forest personnel at Thekkuthode, near Konni, on Wednesday.— Photo: Leju Kamal  

A wild elephant which fell into a well in a private compound bordering the forests at Thekkuthode in Konni taluk was rescued by Forest personnel and the local people on Wednesday.

The local residents said that the elephant, around 10 years old, had strayed into a small plantain farm on the border, along with its herd and fell into the well around 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

The villagers informed the nearby forest station on Wednesday morning and a team led by Divisional Forest Officer T. Pradepkumar reached the spot. The elephant was found to be unhurt and was standing in nearly 3-feet water in the well. The rescue team dug a ramp leading into the well with the help of an earthmover.

Their efforts succeeded around 5 p.m. when the elephant walked out of the well safe and sound. The moment it came out, the pachyderm vehemently slammed the earthmover twice before walking into the adjoining forests where its herd was waiting.

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