Stranded elephant calf rescued, reunited with herd in Tamil Nadu

Sources say the calf was in good health when it was found near a gas godown.
The three month old male elephant calf that was found abandoned being successfully reunited with its mother at Periyanacikenpalayam forest on Saturday evening.
The three month old male elephant calf that was found abandoned being successfully reunited with its mother at Periyanacikenpalayam forest on Saturday evening. (Photo | Express)

COIMBATORE: A three-month-old male elephant calf that was found abandoned outside the reserve forest, near Naickenpalayam, was successfully reunited with its mother at Periyanacikenpalayam forest on Saturday evening.

A special elephant tracking team from Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) was called to assist the staff in the operation at 8.30 am. Under the supervision of A Sukumar, Forest Veterinary officer, Coimbatore, the elephant calf was monitored and fed with tender coconut water, glucose, Lactogen and was stabilised.

Sources say the calf was in good health when it was found near a gas godown. Subsequently, three separate teams were deputed to identify the location of the elephant herd. After a thorough search, a herd comprising four female adults and one juvenile was identified near Puliyanthoppu Saragam of Naickenpalayam south beat. The rescued calf was reunited with the herd around 6.00 pm on Saturday.

The field staff of Periyanaickenpalayam and Coimbatore forest ranges and the ATR  tracking personnel were involved in the operation.
“The rescued calf was accepted by the elephant herd. The herd is being monitored with the help of three special teams to find out the status of the reunited calf,” sid S Ramasubramanian, Conservator of Forest and ATR Field Director.

Meanwhile, a sloth bear and leopard entered the premises of a house at Kearkandy village near Yellanalli. Their presence was recorded on the CCTV camera at the house. The sloth bear arrived on Thursday night and a leopard came the next day. Sources said these animals didn’t lift any animals or harm humans.

“Three months ago a cow was killed by a leopard. After that the forest department set up camera traps. The recent intrusions were found subsequently. We request the forest department to strengthen vigil and prevent untoward incidents in future,” said M Mahesh Kumar, a resident of Kerkandy.

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