Six wild elephants were rescued from a muddy pond in Western Assam’s Goalpara district on Friday after a five-hour rescue operation. According to reports, on Friday morning, a herd of six elephants was trapped in a muddy pond in the Choibari area near Lakhipur.
Locals alerted forest officials, who rushed to the scene and began a rescue operation. With the help of an excavator, a forest official team dug up one side of the pond, making it easier for the jumbos to climb up.
Forest officials and local villagers rescued five elephants, including a calf, from the same pond earlier on Thursday after they became trapped.
Excavators were used by the rescue team to dig up a side of the pond, allowing the pachyderms to exit the water before returning to the forest, he said.
On Wednesday night, five more elephants slipped into the same pond and were rescued and chased back into the forest by Forest Department personnel in a similar manner.
To ensure that such an incident does not occur again, the sides of the pond have been evenly dug up so that elephants can safely drink water from the water body and return, according to the official.
Locals claim that elephants frequent the area in search of food and water. In Assam’s Barak Valley, artists come together to revive the forgotten Saura art form.
On Thursday afternoon, a 10-hour operation was carried out after five elephants from the same herd fell into the same pond. A calf was among the elephants. The Goalpara district has a history of human-elephant conflict, which has resulted in the destruction of homes and crops.
In the meantime, the Northeast Frontier Railway has launched an investigation into the November 30 mowing down of two wild elephants in central Assam’s Morigaon district. Around 10 p.m., the elephants were rammed by the engine of the New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express.
“NF Railway has imposed caution during train movement and reassessment of notified elephant corridors are also being taken in coordination with the Forest Department,” a statement from the railway zone said
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