At last, Dhananjayan climbs up riverbank
Naduvannoor: After a long exercise which stretched to 16 hours, locals and authorities have rescued Balussery Dhananjayan, who found it difficult to reach back to the banks of 'Raman' river after he ventured in to the waters.
The tusker got frightened and entered the river at 4pm on Thursday. Though its mahouts tried their maximum to bring it back to the banks, the elephant did not move an inch.
A fireforce unit from Perambra, police from Balussery and Atholi stations and wildlife authorities from Peruvannamuzhy reached the spot after two hours.
The authorities could not bring it to the shore before sunset, as the mud in the bank was crumbling.
Dhanajayan also did not take any food which was given to him .
A genset and search light was procured and the effort to pull the elephant to the shore was resumed by crushing the mud banks. However, Dhananjayan again got stuck in the mud.
On Friday, the second day of the rescue attempt, the rescuers were able to bring the tusker to the Kuniyil Thazhe bathing ghat by tying it with a rope.
The absence of mud there made the attempt easy. The pachyderms stomach was bloated due to standing in water for a long time.
Doctors from Ulliyeri and Balussery veterinary centres came and examined Dhananjayan.
After this, Dhananjayan was taken to his owner Chenath Suni’s house in Balusseri for treatment.
A lorry was specially arranged for this pupose.
A treatment method of applying hot mud packs to the tusker’s belly would be carried out at Suni’s house.
The rescue team, under the leadership of Peruvannamuzhi forest range officer Anil Kumar left the place only after the elephant was pulled to the banks.
The team comprised rapid response team deputy ranger Rajeevan, Pramod Kumar, Sreelesh and Devanand.