Tusker falls in a well, dies

June 3rd, 2008 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolhapur (Maharashtra), June 3 (IANS) A full-grown tusker straying out of a forest fell to death in a farm well in village Patne near here Monday night. The six- to seven-year-old elephant, trailed by a baby tusker, slipped into the well with a diameter almost only as much as its own. It remained compressed at its bottom with no elbow room and died apparently from head injuries and asphyxiation, sub-district officer B.B. Galande told IANS.

While the baby elephant, whose shrieks brought the villagers to the well, ran away into the forest after a while, the villagers tried in vain to save the wild animal.

The tusker’s carcass was pulled out of the well with the help of a crane requisitioned from Belgaum across the Maharashtra-Karnataka border. It was given a burial Tuesday evening in the presence of state Forest Minister Babanrao Pachpute, who happened to be touring the district.

Known for his physical fitness and agility, the minister descended into the well and led the operation to extricate the elephant’s body.

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