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Calf elephant rescued

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: A calf elephant was rescued by forest officials in a shocked state from Khallikote forest range area in Ganjam district of the State. It also had minor injuries. It was found to be bleeding from its forehead. But the reason behind the injuries were not known.

It was suspected to be an abandoned baby of the stray herd of wild elephants from Chandaka elephant sanctuary moving in the area. It was located by the tribals of the Sujan Sahi village under Badapalli panchayat. The tribals said the baby had strayed their village attracted by the ‘Mahua’ kept at the village. It was all alone and no mother elephant was around to take it back to the herd.

Receiving information about this solitary baby elephant a team of forest officials reached the spot to save the shocked baby from human interventions. The Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), A. K. Jena also reached the spot. The calf elephant was carried to a nursery of the Forest Department near Badaghat. Mr. Jena said the forest officials searched for possibility of finding the mother of the calf elephant in the jungle. They took it under their control when they could not locate any waiting elephant.

Mr. Jena said he has contacted the Nandankanan zoological park to take over this deserted calf elephant. This calf elephant was around three years old. The DFO suspected that it may have been the baby of the female elephant that had been electrocuted to death by poachers in the area.

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