Elephant calf abandoned by herd becomes apple of eye of forest guards
Karulayi (Malappuram): The elephant calf that was found estranged from the herd in the banks of Karimpuzha river and later taken back to the forest, has been abandoned again.
Though the one-and-a-half-month old female calf kept crying a whole day, its mother did not return. Finally, the forest guards took it back to the forest station.
The elephant calf was found in the river banks on Wednesday. It easily got friendly with the locals and started playing with them. As its mother was seen nowhere near, the forest guards caught the calf and released near the herd inside the forest.
When the officers went to observe it on Thursday, they found the little jumbo left alone at where they released it. Following this, the veterinary doctor examined the calf and fed it with tender coconut and lactogen.
The forest guards took the elephant calf to Padukka forest station by the evening. Though its health condition is satisfactory, the calf seems more exhausted than when it was found near the river bank.
The officers said that the herd might have rejected it as its mother is not with them. Veterinary surgeon will examine the calf on Saturday and further actions will be taken as per his direction, said Karulayi range officer.