Elephant calf reunited with herd in Gudalur forest division

The month-old calf had gotten stuck inside an illegal mine and had been separated from its herd; Forest Dept staff helped it get back

October 06, 2021 11:08 am | Updated 11:08 am IST - UDHAGAMANDALAM

Forest Dept staff spent the day with the calf, feeding it baby formula, before helping it reunite with its herd

Forest Dept staff spent the day with the calf, feeding it baby formula, before helping it reunite with its herd

A month-old elephant calf was reunited with its herd on Tuesday, after it got stuck inside an illegally hollowed-out mine in Devala, in the Gudalur forest division.

Forest Department staff, who reached the gold mines reserve forest in Devala, managed to rescue the calf and helped shepherd it to its herd, which had left the area.

Continuous monitoring by the Forest Department of herds in the Gudalur division helped locate the elephant herd to which the calf belonged.

The herd of seven elephants, on hearing the calf, chased away the Forest staff and accepted the calf back into the herd, before fleeing into a surrounding reserve forest.

Staff from the Forest Department spent the entire day with the calf, and helped it regain its strength by feeding it baby formula, before they undertook the walk with the elephant calf by their side to find his herd.

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