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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Photo of a Lost elephant rescued after nearly drowning in a pond at the end of a 600 mile odyssey to escape floods



 A female elephant got separated from its herd in Indian state of Assam It got washed over the border into Bangladesh after torrential floods She will now be fed and rested and then taken to a safari park 
A four-ton elephant which travelled more than 600 miles after becoming separated from its herd by floods had to be rescued in Bangladesh yesterday after almost drowning in a pond.
Villagers fired a tranquiliser dart at it after it burst out of the jungle and ran amok but the exhausted and distressed female ended up charging into a pond.
Local vet Sayed Hossain said: 'Hundreds of villagers came to its rescue when they saw the elephant had lost consciousness.'

The elephant was tranquilised and tied up with rope to prevent it drowning in a pond after it ran amok

Forestry official Ritesh Bhattacharjee, said: 'It is so weak that it can't even lift its trunk. You can see her ribs from a distance'
'Dozens jumped into the pond and helped us tie the animal with ropes and chains. And finally, with the help of hundreds of villagers, we were able to pull it to dry ground.'
Dailymail reported that severe flooding in the state of Assam in north-east India in June caused havoc for the areas elephant herds and many of the giant animals were washed over the border into Bangladesh. 
The elephant staggered into this pond after a tranquiliser dart was fired at it and it was in danger of drowning
Around 20 villagers came to help drag the giant creature out of the pond. It is believed to have walked or swum more than 600 miles from India
Conservationist Ashit Ranjan Paul said the elephant had probably travelled at least 600 miles.
A team of Bangladeshi forest officials had been on the trail of the elephant and are now hoping to take it to a safari park, where it can live out its days.
But one of the officials, Ritesh Bhattacharjee, said the animal needed to rest and feed for some time to regain its strength.
He said: 'It is so weak that it can't even lift its trunk. You can see her ribs from a distance.'
His colleague, Tapan Kumar Dey, said: 'Since there is no paved road nearby, we'll keep the animal here and give it medicines and food.
'Once it regains strength, we'll use mahouts (elephant handlers) and a domesticated elephant to lead it to a paved road from where it will be transported to a safari park.'

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