Elephant calf found near dead mother befriends all at rehab home
Thiruvananthapuram: Aameena, the wild elephant calf found near its deceased mother elephant at Kallar has been shifted to Kottoor elephant rehabilitation centre. The calf easily got adjusted to her new home.
The photo of Aameena trying to wake up her dead mother was a heart-wrenching sight for all.
The mother elephant died after getting electrocuted from a metal line which passes through the forest range.
Forest officials found the baby elephant and its mother on January 23. The elephant calf was named as Aameena by the forest wildlife warden Satheesan. The name is a combination of the Malayalam word ‘Aana’ and the English word ‘Me’.
The elephant calf was taken to the rehabilitation centre by RRT team from Paruthippally. They used plastic ropes to trap the baby elephant for transporting it safely to the centre.
After taking it to the centre, the caretakers removed the ropes and shifted it to a special cage.
Santhosh, an experienced caretaker, is taking care of Aameena at the centre.
“Now, she became smart. When she was brought here, she was very weak. Nowadays, she started to befriend me,” said Santhosh.
Veterinary doctor Shaiju, assistant Rahul are closely monitoring the health of the baby elephant regularly.