BERHAMPUR: Forest officials on Saturday provided treatment to an elephant calf in Pandakholo forest near Gajalbadi under Soroda forest range in Ganjam district, about 80-km from here.
The two-year-old male calf was unable to walk and got separated from the herd, said the officials.
Forest Ranger Kirankanta Sahu rushed to the spot with veterinary surgeons, who treated the calf. “We are trying to save the calf. All essential treatments are being provided to save it,” Divisional Forest Officer, Ghumusar South, BK Acharya said. He, however, ruled out the possibility of the calf suffering from sunstroke due to scorching heat in the area. “Near the spot, there is a water source. We cannot say the animal suffered from sunstroke. The veterinary surgeons are treating the animal”, he said.
Around 22 elephants are roaming in the area. The rescued calf might be a member of the herd, said Sahu. The herd was camping in the nearby area from where the elephant calf was rescued, he said. Some locals of the area found the elephant calf on Friday night and informed forest officials.