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Elephant calf rescued from well

The wild elephant calf being rescued from a well at Vanavasikudy near Neryamangalam forest in Idukki on Monday.

The wild elephant calf being rescued from a well at Vanavasikudy near Neryamangalam forest in Idukki on Monday.  

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Forest officials, with the support of local people, rescued a wild elephant calf that fell into an unused well at Vanavasikudy, near the Neryamangalam forest, on Monday.

It took nearly eight hours to bring out the five-year-old calf from the well.

It fell into the well in a rubber plantation owned by Veliyathparambil Kuriakose around 3 a.m.

Hearing its cry, the family members alerted the Forest Department.

The effort to bring an earthmover near the well failed and it was decided to remove the earth on one side of the well using spades. The calf could be rescued by 2 p.m.

A forest official said the calf did not have major injuries and was pushed back into the forest.

The operation was led by Inchathotty Urulanthanni forester T.K.Muhammed Asharaf and beat forest officer Ummer.

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