Rescue unit provides treatment, monitoring lone elephant in Kaziranga

The female elephant was found in the Bokakhat forest beat of Kaziranga NP with injuries and inflammation on both forelimbs.The mobile response team of IFAW-WTI’s Wildlife Rescue Center responded to an adult female elephant in distress on the slopes of Diffloo Tea Estate in Kaziranga National Park. The female elephant was alone, though a herd could be seen observing her from the top of the hill.

The team determined that the injured elephant could not move around much. Joymala, a trained 'kumki' elephant of the Assam Forest Department, was brought to the scene and placed with her overnight. The team returned to the spot the next day and the 'kumki' helped bring the injured elephant to a flat area.

The presence of the ‘kumki’ kept her calm while Dr Samshul Ali, the attending veterinarian, administered a sedative and provided the requisite treatment for some inflammation in her limbs.

 Dr Samshul Ali administers a sedative to the injured elephant, using the forest department’s trained ‘kumki’ elephant as a shield.

When the team conducted a follow-up visit three days later, the elephant was found to be more mobile and the inflammation in her legs had reduced considerably.

The elephant was still roaming the hill ranges of Diffloo Tea Estate alone. A team of forest guards is monitoring her and the WRC mobile team will be alerted in the event of an emergency.


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