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Elephant calf rescued

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 3 � After a four-day long ordeal, a newborn male elephant was rescued from a ravine in which it was trapped with its mother in Ouguri range under Hamren division, Karbi Anglong on Saturday. The mother died during the rescue operation on Sunday.

A rescue team reached the site to find the calf severely injured and unable to stand. The team included staff from the Forest Department and veterinarians from IFAW-WTI run Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), and two Mobile Veterinary Service units.

�Once we got the information from the local people, we reached the site on Thursday. We deployed local people to create a wider passage and free the elephants. We later alerted WTI veterinarians as the elephants had injuries,� said Druno Hanse, Ouguri Range Officer.

Six members of the team entered the ravine and identified a suitable exit point. They fitted the calf on a sling and lifted it, while the rest of the team and some villagers pulled it from outside, a press release stated.

�The calf has been shifted to CWRC after consultation with JN Hazarika, DFO Hamren,� said Joyram Engleng, Chief Executive Member, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council. The calf is stable and will be hand-raised along with three other calves, and eventually rehabilitated.

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