At a time when the man-elephant conflict is at its peak in the Indo-Bhutan border area of Udalguri district, a male elephant calf, which was separated from a herd of wild elephants, has been rescued from a trench in a tea garden area in the district on Saturday.
As per information, the elephant calf was rescued from a trench in 9 No sector of Orangajuli Tea Estate in Udalguri district on Saturday.
The nine-year-old elephant calf fell down in a trench and turned upside down in the morning hours.
The quick efforts of local youths and the management of Nonaipara Tea Estate, a unit of Goodricke Tea Company saved the elephant calf.
The trench had to be levelled with excavators in presence of forest guards, making exit for it and it walked to meet its herd after hours.
Honorary wildlife warden Jayanta Kr Das lauded the efforts of Nonaipara tea garden management including senior manager Paran Jyoti Das and assistant manager of the tea garden, Niraj Moni Chourasia for timely action.
The tea estate is part of an area that has been used as natural corridor by elephant herds in the Indo-Bhutan forests.
Elephant herds are accustomed to using tea garden alleys/channels as passageways when moving through such areas. Young elephant calves very often get trapped into nullahs or trenches, requiring rescue particularly during the monsoon when the ground remains soft.