Pradeep Pattanayak

After a two-hour-long arduous operation, a baby elephant that had fallen into an abandoned well was rescued by the forest officials with the help of the villagers in Basiapada forest under Jujumura police limits in Sambalpur on Monday. 

According to the villagers, a herd of elephants was passing through the jungle yesterday night. They suspected the baby elephant might have slipped into the uncovered well. 

Hearing the distress trumpets of the baby elephant as well as the mother elephant, villagers rushed to the spot and noticed the baby elephant was trying hard to come out of the well. 

They immediately informed the forest department. A team from the department reached the spot and launched a rescue operation, with the help of the villagers.

A JCB machine was pressed into the service. A hole parallel to the well was dug up and it was when both the wells were connected with a trench that the calf climbed onto the ground. 

Informing about the incident, Sambalpur DFO Biswanath Nilambar said, “The herd was moving around the area. Our team had been keeping track of it. Yesterday night, it was raining. While crossing the jungle, the calf fell into the well. Our team rescued it safely.”

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