While the man-elephant conflict is at its peak in Udalguri district along Indo-Bhutan border, a male elephant calf was rescued from the fringe areas of Nonai Forest Reserve in the district on Monday.
The baby elephant that was separated from its herd was spotted by locals in Bormukuli village.
“The six-month-old baby elephant was wandering in the village in the early hours of the morning when locals spotted it and rescued with the help of forest officials. The baby elephant was later released in the forest,” forest ranger Satya Boro told Northeast Now.
“The villagers were happy to bottle-feed milk the baby elephant before being handed over to forest officials,” said a local youth, Paul Toppo.
The village is part of an area that has been used as corridors by elephant herd of the Indo-Bhutan landscape since their existence in the habitat.
Elephant herds are accustomed to using the age-old elephant corridors as passageways.
Young calves very often get separated and sometimes even gets trapped into drains or trenches.