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Forest officials rescue 5 elephants from water pond, stuck overnight


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Madikeri, Apr 11: In a major rescue operation lasting four-hours, forest officials rescued five elephants stuck in over 10 feet water pond at Virajpet in Kodagu district on Wednesday.

The previous night the herd was spotted passing through a nearby coffee plantation near Palangala in Virajpet taluk. "We presume the herd arrived the pond in search of water. However, in the process they must have fallen into the water," Regional Forest Officer (RFO) Gopal said.

According to the RFO, the ponds are generally created by the farmers during summer for watering the coffee plantation. "As it was dark, the herd must have fallen into the pond," he added.

Meanwhile, the Forest Department officials on being alerted by locals at around 8 am reached the spot. However the operation was delayed due to the late arrival of the JCB machine.

While one group of rescue officials paved way from the pond using JCB machine, another group burst crackers to scare the animal in the direction. "Eventually, around 11.30 am we were able to rescue all the mammals from the water body,” the RFO said.

According to officials, shortage of rain in the region and scarcity of grazing forest area has increased the human-animal conflict especially in Palangala. While locals along with officials have rescued around nine elephants from watery-grave last month, another was shot-dead by unidentified assailants.

 

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Apr 11 2019

    Thank god they got saved on time.. Oh god take care all the animals in this summer season.. They must have gone to quench their thirst. 😔 Humble request with our readers, for those whom it's possible, please keep some vessels filled with water in your garden and on the terrace For the birds to drink. They have a very hard time finding water in this season and keeping a small vessel or pot of water on the terrace will be a life saver for them

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  • SBM, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 11 2019

    Great job.

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