India rehabilitation center admits young elephant, releases storks

The number of elephant calves at CWRC has increased to eight.A week-old female elephant calf arrived at the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Wildlife Trust of India’s Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) this Sunday. With her arrival, the number of elephant calves at CWRC has increased to eight.

The calf was rescued by the Assam Forest Department in Charduar forest.

The forest staff tried locating a wild herd in the area for reunification, but there were no signs of any elephant presence.

“We found that the calf was dehydrated and stressed, and we immediately provided oral rehydrating solution,” said Dr. Jahan Ahmed, the CWRC satellite station veterinarian.

At CWRC, she was shifted to a quarantine facility for overnight observation under the watchful care of an animal keeper to ensure that her vitals were stabilized.

IFAW-WTI veterinarian Dr. Panjit Basumatary measured a weight of 103 kg, and height at shoulder of 92 cm. “The calf is under severe stress, which may last longer considering her age,” he said. “She requires intensive care and is under observation in the large animal nursery.”

Two Open Billed Stork Fledglings Released in Kaziranga 

Two open-billed stork fledglings were released this week by the CWRC Mobile Veterinary Service team.Meanwhile, two open-billed stork fledglings were released this week by the CWRC Mobile Veterinary Service team in the Rangalu Forest of Kaziranga National Park, a wetland with dense tree cover inhabited by storks.

Villagers from the Nagaon forest had rescued three birds, the survivors from 20 affected by a spell of heavy rains and thunderstorms.

“These birds were screened for injuries and diseases. Post screening, they were kept under the watch of the CWRC team for a week before we released them back into the wild,” said Dr. Panjit Basumatary. The third rescued bird is being kept at CWRC until it is fit to be released.

--SB

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