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“Sidda is doing well. He has developed sores on the left side of his body as he was lying down for days. They are steadily healing now. The wound dressing on his leg is being changed thrice a day,” a wildlife SOS official said.
The team from Wildlife SOS has set up a tent and is taking X-rays from time to time to determine the extent of fracture.
“He is gaining appetite too; he eats about 150 kg food—ragi and sugarcane— every day. We are also feeding him coconut and banana leaves. He enjoys eating a lot especially in the night when nobody is around,” Dr Arun Shah of Wildlife SOS said.
“We’re making sure that he stays hydrated all the time. We always keep water in buckets and he takes mud baths once in a while. He sprays water himself which is a positive sign,” said forest watcher Basvaraja.
Doctors from a veterinary college in the city, who have visited the elephant, will submit a health report to the forest department shortly.
In September, the severely injured elephant turned up at Manchanabele reservoir, about 40km west of Bengaluru, and sought refuge in the waters. Last month, it was lured out of water and the wounds were treated, but the elephant was lying on an adjoining field for about two weeks before being shifted into a supporting structure.