They had fallen into a well on Sunday
In a joint operation carried out by forest officials and Fire and Rescue Service personnel, two Indian gaurs, that fell in a 70-foot-deep dry well in Idayapatti village in Attur, were rescued here on Monday night after a two-day struggle.
Forest officials said that two female gaurs, one weighing around 300 kg and the other around 200 kg, were tranquilised by Dr. Manoharan, veterinarian from Coimbatore, and were pulled out from the open well with the help of a crane around 10.30 pm on Monday night.
They were found to be healthy and were released back into the forests in the Neiyamalai region. Officials said that the rescue operation lasted for over 30 hours, as a male gaur, weighing about 500 kg, which also fell into the same well, died of injuries, the same day on Sunday. Post-mortem was conducted and the gaur was buried in the forest area, officials added.
K. Chinnaponnan, Forest Range Officer (Valapadi) told TheHindu that the three gaurs could be of the same family and could have fallen into the well when they had come in search of water. “This is the biggest rescue effort of gaurs in recent times, as a team of 40 forest officials, specialists and Fire and Rescue Service personnel were involved. Experts from Coimbatore have helped in our efforts,” he added.
The team, led by V. Ganesan, Conservator of Forests, Salem Range, includes, R. Rajendran, District Forest Officer, Attur Range and Forest Range Officers A. Elangovan (Attur), V. Sethu (Karumandurai), F. Thangaraj (Udumalpet), forest staff and fire officers.