Published On: Sun, Aug 23rd, 2015

Strayed wild elephant calf rescued from well in Andhra

Hyderabad: Immaturity and dare- devilry go hand in hand and the trait is visible across the animal kingdom. By the same logic, the incident that occurred on Saturday night was not unusual when a visibly carefree elephant calf fell in a village well in Andhra Pradesh.

The elephant calf was in a herd of elephant which had ventured into the village for crop raid

The elephant calf was in a herd of elephant which had ventured into the village for crop raid

However, before something untoward could happen, the forest officials swung into action and with the help of local police, rescued the elephant calf from the 25 feet deep well in Chikkapalli village in Ramakuppam mandal of the State.

Immediately after receiving the information about an elephant calf having fallen in a well, the forest officials requisitioned the service of an earth mover and with its help dug up the soil adjacent to the well to make a slope to help the baby elephant slowly come out of the well.

A senior forest official said that the elephant calf was in a herd of elephant which had ventured into the village for crop raid from the nearby forest.

As the elephant calf are playful in nature, in all probability out of sheer playfulness it may have jumped the peripheral wall of the well and in the process fell in the well, feel experts.

Detailing the event, a villager said that immediately after the calf fell in the well, it started squealing. Hearing the distress call of the elephant calf, other elephant of the herd surrounded the well.

The elephant herd was trumpeting wildly and this was also heard by the villagers and they got extremely terrified. When some of the villagers mustered courage and went close to the well, they saw the well was surrounded by the elephant herd and at day break the elephants slowly moved back to the forest.

The villagers informed the local forest officials who visited the site and saw the elephant calf making frantic efforts to escape from the well but was unsuccessful.

Once an earth mover was brought, a slope was made adjacent to the well and this helped the calf come out of the well.

The elephant calf came out of the well, there was no bounds for its happiness and while exhibiting the same, it ran all around the village before it was driven back in the forest to safety.

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