Orphaned elephant calves in Dharmapuri have each other’s backs
March 8, 2023
The two calves, which were orphaned with the electrocution of three
elephants in Dharmapuri, have each other’s backs and the older one is
aggressively guarding his younger sibling, as they mill around a stream
near Marandahalli in Palacode here, forest officials said.
The calves survived while three adult elephants that included two female
elephants and one makhna died of electrocution by an illegal electric fence
around a farm in a village here late Monday night.
Goondas Act against farmer responsible for electrocution of elephants, T.N.
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The calves have retreated into the forest, milling around bushes and are
being closely monitored by forest team and two drones tracking their
movements. Occassionaly they come out to drink water from the stream.
A team that arrived from Theppakadu elephant camp here along with two
mahouts is laying out food, melons and jackfruits along the stream that the
calves frequent to drink water.
“We tried to capture the younger calf to feed the animal, but the sub-adult
calf is very aggressive protecting the young one. We also wanted to check
the young one’s health and vitals. However, they look healthy and are being
constantly monitored,” District Forest Officer K.V.A .Naidu said.
On Wednesday, the Forest department identified a herd of eight elephants,
including two calves sighted in Golupatti forest near a solar water
borewell. “The plan is to try and unite them with that herd. They being
wild calves, we want to try to keep them in the wild. But, in a majority of
cases, the herd usually rejects those not belonging to the herd.”
The teeming spectators on Tuesday reportedly aggravated the stress of the
two calves. However, with the animals retreating into the forest, the
forest team is closely guarding and monitoring their movements along with
occasional use of two drones.