Male elephant calf rescued in India

The rescued male elephant calf with wildlife rescue center animal keeper Hemkanta Nath and MVS veterinarian Dr. Jahan Ahmed at the large animal nursery.A male Asian elephant calf, about two months old, was rescued from the village of Chessa in Arunachal Pradesh and admitted to International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India’s Wildlife Rescue Centre.

The calf had been separated from its natal herd by a flash flood on June 16; it was rescued by villagers and frontline forest staff and sent to Itanagar Biological Park for stabilisation.

The Chief Wildlife Warden of Arunachal Pradesh subsequently determined that it should be shifted to CWRC for rehabilitation, whereupon IFAW-WTI’s Mobile Veterinary Service (MVS) was called in.

"The calf was in fairly good physical condition when I examined it at the Biological Park,” said Dr. Jahan Ahmed, the MVS veterinarian who supervised the calf’s transfer from Arunachal to Assam.

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He was sedated for the journey, kept under observation at the large animal nursery upon arrival, and given oral rehydration therapy and milk formula.

The following morning, he was introduced to other elephant calves being hand-raised at the centre.

The rescued calf socialising with other elephant calves who are being hand-raised at the Wildlife Rescue Centre.


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