Eight-year-old ele­phant res­cued from farm well

The well was dredged to cre­ate a ramp for the pachy­derm

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

An eight-year-old ele­phant was res­cued from a farm well here at Up­pu­pal­lam vil­lage in a pain­stak­ing op­er­a­tion at Rayakot­tai on Satur­day. The jumbo had fallen into the 30-foot dry farm well at Up­pu­pal­lam vil­lage near Ud­e­durgam re­serve for­est.

The ele­phant’s dis­tress alarm was heard by the lo­cal peo­ple in the early hours.

3-hour op­er­a­tion

The For­est Depart­ment was alerted. In a res­cue that lasted over three hours, the farm well was dredged with an earth mover and a ramp was cre­ated.

The ag­i­tated tusker was given a path­way. Soon, the tusker climbed up the ramp and walked into the re­serve forests.

With the start of the mi­gra­tory sea­son for ele­phants, vil­lages on the fringes of the re­serve forests of Jawala­giri, Ud­e­durgam and Sana­mavu that fall along the mi­gra­tory tract, wit­ness an in­crease in the num­ber of hu­man-an­i­mal con­flicts.

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Safe and free: The eight-year-old ele­phant that fell into a 30 feet deep well climb­ing up the ramp

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