Forest officials save life of severely ill elephant in Athagarh

Cuttack: A team of veterinary doctors and officials of Forest Department have managed to save the life of an ailing elephant, whose health condition had severely deteriorated in Athagarh forest.

As per reports, the Athagarh forest officials received information about an ailing 50-year-old elephant inside Balikiari forest reserve under Narsinghpur range nearly five days back.

The elephant was not able to walk and eat properly when it was spotted in the forest. Subsequently, a team of veterinary doctors and experts from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) and Nandankanan was called in to examine the pachyderm.

The medical team found that the elephant could not even digest food.

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Later, the team conducted a two-hour long treatment by making the elephant sub-conscious using mild tranquilisers. The team with the help of forest officials used huge wooden sticks to keep the animal in a standing position.

“The treatment was definitely a challenge for me. If an elephant falls down, it becomes difficult to make it stand. Therefore, we used less dosages of anesthesia and started the treatment,” Dr. Indramani Nath said.

Sources said the elephant along with its herd had strayed into Narsinghpur range from Dhenkanal a few days back and was left in the forest alone subsequently developing health issues.

“The treatment procedure took around two hours and the animal is doing well now. We have kept a track on the movement of the elephant and will look after it until full recovery,” informed Athagarh Divisional Forest Officer Sasmita Lenka.