Elephant calf stuck inside septic tank rescued by forest department in
The New Indian Express
July 27, 2021
An elephant calf stuck inside the opening of a septic tank in Kodagu was
rescued by forest department staff who toiled for over two hours. The
incident was reported in Badragola village limits in Virajpet taluk.
The villagers of Badragola woke up to the cries of an elephant calf on
Tuesday morning. The calf, approximately five years old, was stuck in a
tiny opening of a septic tank – which was dug on a private piece of land
owned by resident MM Subramani. The villagers alerted the forest department
and the spot was visited by Thithimathi RFO Ashok alongside others.
The department staff tried for over an hour to pull out the calf, but in
vain. The elephant calf helplessly waved its trunk around the hole, even as
the staff tried digging out the tank ring. When their efforts did not bear
fruit, the Mathigodu Camp elephant Kunthi was called in for the rescue
mission. A rope was tied around the neck of the calf and it was pulled out
“We took over two hours to rescue the calf. The elephant herd was not in
sight. We are tracking the herd across Devarapura Sacred Grove limits to
reunite the calf with its mother,” confirmed RFO Ashok.