Fondly called Sidda by forest officials, the elephant is a tusker, believed to have fallen into a ditch near the Dodderi village. He then drifted with the water into the Manchanabele dam, 30 kms from Bengaluru nearly 40 days ago.
Forest authorities have stepped up efforts to rescue Sidda from the dam and take him to safety of the Bannerghatta National Park. Officials have said that Sidda probably broke his right foreleg when he fell into the ditch. He is in great pain but forest officials have been keeping him company, although all efforts of trying to sedate him seem to fail!
While Sidda has been relishing all the sugarcane, maize, bananas and ragi or millet balls, which the forest officials have been feeding him, any efforts of mixing antibiotics or painkillers with his food is immediately rejected.
“The condition of the injured elephant has not deteriorated. Four veterinary experts from Chennai, Guwahati and Kerala will visit the dam next week,” Dr D Manjunath, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Ramanagara district, told The Indian Express.
The locals residing in the village near the dam, however, are worried about the other elephants getting attracted by Sidda’s cries.
“The elephant keeps drifting towards our village at night and pushed down a jackfruit tree on Friday night. It also stomped through our ragi crops. Forest officials must shift it and provide better treatment,” K Rajanna, a resident of Avverahalli village, told the daily.