Lost elephant is safely rescued
A female elephant calf of about six months old was rescued in Assam on Friday last week.
Local people from a village called Singlopathar, in the Abhayapur Reserve Forest range of India, found the calf on Friday morning and informed the Forest Department. A team including a Divisional Forest Officer and veterinarians from IFAW's partner the "Wildlife Trust of India" (WTI), went to rescue the calf. The reason for its separation from its herd is not known as the calf was in good health at the time of the rescue. Health check-ups indicated that its health did not seem to be the reason for its abandonment. Human interference could have been a possible reason.
A search for the natal herd was initiated by the Forest Staff but being unprepared for a lengthy search, it was abandoned. The calf was taken to WTI's center called CWRC (Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation), which is located in the Kaziranga National Park.
The calf is stable, and will be shifted in with other calves after initial observation to prepare it for release and reintegration into the wild, according to the veterinarian monitering the calf. This is the eighth elephant calf to be rescued and brought to CWRC in the past eight months.
Meanwhile, another elephant, a wild makhna (tuskless male) with a swollen left limb was found in the North Bank (Rangapara) area. It was first seen in November and again on December 19. The Forest Department had received information about the elephant passing in the Phulbari Tea Estate and raiding crops in the nearby villages at night. Its injuries had healed naturally but complete recovery will take time, said Dr Talukdar, WTI veterinarian.