Two elephants shifted to Bengdubi to search for injured elephant

August 5th, 2010 - 7:06 pm ICT by ANI  

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By Tarak Sarkar

Darjeeling, Aug 5 (ANI): To capture an injured elephant running wild in the
Bengdubi Forest Range of West Bengal two captive elephants have been shifted to
the area to help forest officers trace the animal.

Army personnel inside the Bengdubi range had spotted the injured elephant on
Tuesday. But a subsequent search by forest officials of the Darjeeling Wildlife
Division- I and Kerseong Wildlife subdivision yielded no results, prompting the
Forest Department to engage captive elephants to trace the injured elephant.

The injury is said to be in the left leg of the elephant, as he was seen
limping and unable to move around freely.

“First, we will examine the injury and then only we’ll get to know what has
happened, and how it has happened. We just know that the elephant has an injury
in the left leg. We got to know that the animal is injured by the way he was
walking,” said Narayan Chandra Rai, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Kerseong
division, West Bengal.

The forest officials said the injured elephant was sighted later, but it ran
away whenever it saw the captive elephants. They added that locating the animal
has become a problem.

“We went in search of the wild tusker with the help of the two captive
elephants. We found the wild tusker but as we went near him, he ran away,” said
Dinobondhu Barman, mahout of a captive elephant.

All necessary arrangements have been made for the medication and treatment
by the forest department and veterinary surgeons are also on standby for
immediate treatment of the injured elephant, as soon as it is captured. (ANI)

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