KAZIRANGA, Sept 16 - An elephant calf, which suddenly fell down into a narrow drain at Mikirjan in a tea garden at Behora near Kaziranga National Park and rescued by its own mother, is now under the treatment of Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) under Wildlife Trust of India at Borjuri here.
According to Dr Samsul Haque, attending veterinarian, even though the elephant calf was initially rescued by the mother elephant, but later in the evening it again fell down, only to be rescued by local people.
By that time, the calf visibly became very weak and the CWRC was accordingly informed about it.
The calf was then immediately brought to the CWRC and put under ICU treatment, said Dr Haque. But now the calf is showing a sign of slight improvement although it is not out of danger.
While talking about the problems being faced by elephant calves in tea gardens because of the existence of drainage system at the very corridors of wild animals, Dr Navin Pandey from Corbett Foundation felt that there is a need for meaningful talks between the officials of tea gardens and Forest Department to find out a solution to minimise the tragedy. Dr Pandey added that often the calves suffered more in many of the cases and, in some cases, the nature of the injuries remained fatal. He said that already the elephant corridors in the nation remained very fragmented, therefore the Government must initiate steps to keep the existing elephant corridors intact even if these corridors were inside the tea estates.