Stray elephant rescue attempt fails again (Bangladesh)


Abu Bakar Siddique, Dhaka Tribune

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See link for photo of stray elephant.

The rescue attempt of the Indian stray elephant which entered into Bangladesh with flood water failed again yesterday as the tranquillizer dart could not hit the elephant properly

“We tried to tranquilize the elephant from a safe distance but the attempt failed again,” said Syed Hossain, veterinary surgeon of the forest department said.

The team took the attempt while the elephant was roaming in a shoal of Sharisabari upazilla in Jamalpur district yesterday morning.

The forest department rescue team has already collected different types of tranquilizer darts including plastic, metal and wooden ones.

“We have got the elephant at a dry place which was favorable for its transportaiton but unfortunately the attempt went in vain,” the surgeon said.

However, he said the team would try to administer the tranquilizer from a closer range today, he added.

It is now easier to do so as the flood water is receding from the land quickly.

The three-member Indian expert team arrived in Bangladesh on August 03 to bring back the stray wild elephant and finally left the country on Monday leaving the poor animal behind.

Since then the forest department rescue team has been trying to rescue the elephant but failed due to lack of favorable condition.

A 17-member technical team, including a veterinary surgeon Syed Hossain has been stationed at the spot from the very beginning of the operation.

Once the elephant is tranquilised, she will be transported on a truck, the surgeon also said that the elephant might be taken to Bangabandhu Safari Park, Gazipur or Gozni forest in Sherpur depending on the situation before he is sent back
to India.

On his journey from Rowmari to Kazipur, the elephant has been spotted on the shoals of five different districts, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj in the last one month and a half.