Injured tusker tranquilized (Aurangabad, India)


Nikhil Kumar, Times of India

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Of the 14 tuskers that created havoc in some pockets of Aurangabad district for two weeks, one was tranquilised on Monday and sent to Piparghati in Gaya for treatment.

“The stray elephant had an injury on its right leg and was unable to walk,” a source said, adding it was left alone while its parade moved towards Baghmara forest area in Gaya. Forest officials shot darts filled with tranquiliser and sedated the injured elephant. Later, it was loaded in a truck and examined by a team of doctors.

District forest officer Sudhir Kumar Karan said, “Tribals from Bakuda in West Bengal were pressed into service to chase away the herd of tuskers from Aurangabad.” A proposal to construct motorable roads in forests would soon be made so that officials could move freely and easily in such areas and carry out routine patrolling, he added.

“Volunteers will keep a vigil on the movement of wild animals and inform the department about it for timely action,” Karan said.