Wild elephant tranquilized (Bangladesh)


The Daily Star

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The wild elephant that entered Bangladesh from India on June 27 was tranquilised on a cropland at village Koyra under Kamrabad union of Sarishabari in Jamalpur today.

Veterinary Surgeon of the forest rescue team Dr Syed tranquilised the elephant with a metal dart at 1:58 pm, reports our Jamalpur correspondent.

After the tranquilisation, it lost control over itself and started jumping madly for 10-15 minutes and finally fell into deep water of a pond belonging to one Monowar Hossain of the village.

Later, the members of the rescue team with the help of hundreds of local people lifted the sedated elephant from the pond, forest official Khalilur Rahman told The Daily Star.

The forest authorities said the elephant would be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur after its rescue from a char area in Jamalpur.

Earlier, a joint rescue team comprising forest and veterinary officials from Bangladesh and India did not get a suitable place to tranquilise the animal, said forest officials.

“We would take it to the Safari Park in Gazipur for its medical examination and treatment as it had been in water for days,” said Wildlife Inspector Ashim Kumar Mallick of the forest department.