Abandoned elephant calf rescued

Mysore Dec. 4 . A two-month-old elephant calf, abandoned by the herd, was rescued and shifted to the Mysore Zoo on Tuesday.

The calf was in an emaciated condition and was tottering on its feet when the guards of the Forest Department found it in the Sathanur forest ranges in H.D. Kote.

The veterinarians who examined the calf immediately gave it medicines and minerals.

It is likely that the calf will be fed with the indigenously formulated diet by the Mysore Zoo authorities, which is high in protein and calories and low in fat.

The diet formulated by the Mysore Zoo veterinarian, Khadri, and others, is unique. It does away with the necessity of feeding abandoned calves with cow's milk.

The mortality rate of orphaned and abandoned calves when fed with cow's milk was high as the animals suffered from dehydration.

At least 15 to 20 calves are found abandoned in the wild and are rescued by the Forest Department every year.

The number of abandoned and orphaned calves in the wild across the country is reckoned to be high and the majority of them die in the absence of proper diet during the crucial stages of their growth.

The new dietary formulation evolved at the Mysore Zoo can help minimise the mortality rate.

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