A twelve-day-old elephant calf was rescued from dense jungle of Phulbari area near Sapongaon Forest Office under Dhansiri Forest Division in Udalguri district on Friday morning.
It has been reported that the villagers after spotting the jumbo informed the forest officials.
On being informed, a team forest personnel rescued the elephant calf with aid of troops of 37 Bn Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) from the jungle along the Indo-Bhutan border.
The jungle falls under the territorial division of Bhutan province as per the claims of forest officials of the kingdom.
“The calf has been handed over to the forest officials of Bhutan following all departmental procedures,” informed a forest official of Sapongaon Forest office.
It may be mentioned that herds of wild elephants which come down to plain areas in Udalguri continue to create panic by damaging crops and houses in the villages.
Efforts are also being made in the district by NGOs and wildlife lovers to mitigate the man-elephant conflict in the district.
Local youths like Mithu Sarkar, Dibakar Nayak and Ankit Tanti have been voluntarily associating themselves with tackling the menace of man-elephant conflict in the district.
They have planted 2000 number of banana saplings in an area under Khalingduar Reserve Forest this year, besides constructed a number of watch-towers in the conflict zone villages.
The rescue of the elephant calf and handing over the same to Bhutan forest officials has been hailed by wildlife lovers of the area.