Saving wildlife is not an adventure, Khunti’s elephant episode is a lesson for all: DFO Khunti

MF AHMAD

Daltonganj, August 20: Irrigation wells opened in Jharkhand have seen elephant calves or even elephants in a few cases fall into them. If the success rate is to be analysed, their well recovery has always been good all over Jharkhand.

This week, a female calf fell into a 10ft deep irrigation well in Khunti District Forestry Division. It was recovered by men and machines (read JCB).

Everyone praised the team of forest officers who safely pulled the female calf from inside the water-filled well.

Lagatar24.com correspondent spoke to DFO Khunti Kuldeep Meena, IFS to find out how the mother of the calf and other elephants reacted to the situation.

Kuldeep Meena said: “At first the mother elephant and another member of her clan were very aggressive and suspicious that anything bad would happen to the calf in the well as the crowd of onlookers grew larger over time. We were with our fingers crossed and determined to get the calf back up and at the same time we are ensuring that none of our rescue team members, including the crew operating the two JCB machines, had any problem with the mother elephant and her companion as the two elephants then had little confidence in us.

“However, when our two JCB machines arrived at the site, the mother elephant and her mate may have felt that their calf was saved. Both elephants retreated to allow the rescue team and the ‘crew of JCB machines to work in peace and fear them no longer,’ guessed the IFS officer.

The calf was taken out of the well and soon joined the mother on a journey into the forest. Kuldeep Meena said the female calf must have been in the confined water of the well for hours as no one knew when it fell into the well. She had no physical disability as once it was removed she ran to her mother.

The two elephants gave a lesson here. Let rescue operations take place with peace of mind and without any threat to life. Elephants understand and follow him, but humans don’t.

The crowd of people in such a situation where any wild animal is in distress further adds to the miseries of the distressed animal. Their panic and trauma increases due to the noises raised by the crowd of onlookers.

“Rescuing any wild animal seems like an adventure for an ordinary man, but for us it is a serious exercise where the odds remain too heavy and the results of the rescue can go either way,” said said Kuldeep Meena.