After translocating two wild elephants, Vinayagan and Chinna Thambi, Forest Department personnel on Saturday helped a stranded elephant calf reunite with its herd near Nellithurai in the Mettuppalayam range.
Officials received a call that a male elephant calf was seen around the area. District Forest Officer D. Venkatesh and Mettuppalayam Range Officer S. Selvaraj formed two teams.
On reaching Kumarikadu, the forest personnel found that the one-year-old calf could not cross an elephant-proof trench. However, the herd had managed to get across and was camping near the reserve forest boundary. After two hours, the officials managed to take the calf across the trench. The personnel stayed put to make sure that the calf rejoined the herd, Mr. Venkatesh said.