Jumbo calf rescued by forest officials - The New Indian Express

Jumbo calf rescued by forest officials

Published: 06th November 2013 02:14 PM

Last Updated: 06th November 2013 02:14 PM

Forest officials on Tuesday rescued a five-month-old female elephant calf from Kandheigayan village under Betnoti forest range in Mayurbhanj district. The village is located in Asanbani reserve forest. Receiving information from the locals, the forest officials rescued the calf from a ditch.

Betnoti ranger BK Mohanty said the calf, part of a big herd, had fallen into a ditch on Monday night. The elephant herd had moved towards dense forest after they failed to rescue it.

Mohanty said the calf was brought to Baripada Veterinary Hospital and later handed over to the forest officials. The ranger said the calf would be released in the forest and if it does not accompany its herd, it will be sent to Nandankanan Zoo.

A herd of around 120 elephants including 15 calves from Dalma reserve forest in neighbouring Jharkhand had sneaked into Mayurbhanj a week back and has been creating havoc in Chitrada, Morada, Rasgobindpur and Betnoti areas of Baripada forest division.

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