Stray elephant rescue strategy finalized (Bangladesh)


Abu Bakar Siddique, Dhaka Tribune

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The Indian elephant who was separated from his herd in June is going to be rescued from Jamalpur, the forest department officials have said

Rescue operation has been finalised and it will start as soon as the conditions are favourable.

“We have already discussed with district and upazila administration about the rescue operation. The expert team will be taken close to the elepthant’s position and necessary measures will be taken after the situation is analysed by an expert panel,” former Conservator of Forest Tapan Kumer Dey told the Dhaka Tribune.

A three-member team of experts from India arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday and travelled to Jamalpur yesterday accompanied by Bangladeshi forest officials to prepare for the rescue operation.

Forest department specialist, also former Chief Conservator of Forest Tapan Kumer Dey, Deputy Conservator of Forest Shahab Uddin and Indian experts retired Conservator of Forests of Assam Rithesh Bhattacharjee, Divisional Forest Officer (Goalpara) Assam Chowdhuri Solmon Uddin and Veterinary Science Professor Swarma Khushal Konowar, already reached the Barabaria village of Sonakanda union where the elephant was last spotted.

In addition, a 17 member technical team, including a veterinary surgeon Syed Hossain has been stationed at the spot.

The rescue operation will be conducted with tranquilizer guns, drugs, ropes, elephant trainer, food and necessary transport facilities, said veterinary surgeon Syed Hossain.

“A kilometer wide area has been secured,” he said.

He further elaborated on the details of the rescue operation: “The elephant will be offered dry food to lure him onto to dry land and then we will tranquilize him.”

Once the elephant is tranquilized, he will be transported on a truck, the surgeon added.

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