Elephant Calf Rescued at Pandakholo Jungle (Odisha, India)


Press Trust of India/Business Standard

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Forest officials today rescued an elephant calf at Pandakholo jungle
under Sorada forest range in Ganjam district, about 80-km from here.

The two-year old male calf was unable to walk due to some problems on
his legs and was therefore separated from the herd.

Veterinary surgeons along with forest officials rushed to the spot and
started his treatment.

“We are trying to save the elephant calf. All essential treatments are
being made to save it,” divisional forest officer, Ghumusar South B K
Acharya said.

He however ruled out the possibility of the calf suffering from sun
stroke due to scorching heat in the area.

“Near the spot, there is a water source. So we can’t say that the
animal suffered from sun-stroke. The veterinary surgeons are treating
the animal” he said.

Around 24 elephants, divided in different herds, are roaming in the
area. The rescued calf might be a member of eight-member herd, said
Sorada forest range officer PK Sahu.

The herd was camping in the nearby area from where the elephant calf
was rescued, he said.

During a routine patrol in the area, the elephant calf was detected by
the forest staffs early in the morning. After getting information,
other forest personnel along with veterinary doctors rushed to the
spot immediately, the DFO said.