India to bring back washed away elephant (Kurigram, India)


The Daily Star

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India is to bring back a wild elephant which was washed away by the
Brahmaputra last month and reached a sandbar in Kurigram district,
reports The Times of India.

The Assam forest department constituted a three-member experts team in
this regard, reports the Times of India.

The female elephant swam through Brahmaputra (known as Jamuna) from
Kurigram’s Chilmari sub-divisional area and was found on sandbars in
Chikajani union in Jamalpur district.

Jamalpur forest officials told their Assam counterparts that the
elephant became weak and significantly stressed as locals drove the
jumbo away from their cropland on the sandbars, the report adds.

“Bangladesh has already informed us about the presence of our elephant
in that country. We are waiting for the permission from the state
government for the expert team to travel to Bangladesh and bring the
elephant back,” Assam principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife)
Bikash Brahma told the Indian newspaper.

Brahma said that the ministry of environment, forest and climate
change’s project elephant has also been informed after the elephant
from the state crossed over to Bangladesh.

Elephant expert and veterinarian, K K Sarma, who is also part of the
three-member expert team, said that it would be one of the most
challenging wildlife rescue operations, according to the report.