Elephant calf injured in tiger attack reaches Kappukadu rehab centre
Thiruvananthapuram: A baby elephant named Raju which was found injured in a tiger attack was taken to the Kappukadu elephant rehabilitation centre here on Tuesday. After finding the injured calf along with the mother elephant, Raju was under treatment at a rehabilitation centre in Munnar.
The forest department shifted the elephant calf to the Kappukkadu elephant rehabilitation centre on Tuesday morning. Veterinary doctor Nisha Rachel and other officials took Raju to his new home.Raju recovered from the injuries after 20 days of long treatment in Munnar.
Some tribal people found the baby elephant and its mother injured in a tiger attack near Idamalakudi on April 19. When the people spotted the elephants, the mother elephant was alive. But it died later.
The elephant calf suffered over 6 injuries including wounds on the back. But it slowly recovered from the injuries under the treatment of vets and staff at the special rehabilitation centre established in Devikulam, Munnar.
The staff at the special rehabilitation centre named the baby elephant Raju.
“The 10-month-old elephant will get special care at Kappukadu rehabilitation centre. We will shift him to the Hand Rearing centre established for baby elephants to train them to adapt to an independent lifestyle,” said Satheesan, deputy warden at the rehabilitation centre.