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Elephant and calf rescued in Odisha village


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Rourkela, July 31:

Forest department men rescued an elephant and its calf from a 22-feet deep open well in Odisha’s Sundargarh district today, forest officials said.

The elephant and her calf had fallen into an unused defunct open deep well dug under “Jeevandhara well scheme”, a government scheme for irrigation purposes near Jhirpani village under Lathikata police station limits early this morning.

Both the animals struggled for survival throughout the day, said P K Dhal, forest officer, Rourkela.

Dhal said the mother-calf duo, which is believed to have accompanied a herd from the nearby Renjada forest last night, had accidentally fallen into the well.

On being informed of the incident by locals, Forest department officials rushed to the spot and filled the well with three truckloads of boulders enabling the mother-calf duo to come out of the well, Dhal said. He said both the animals left for the forest in the afternoon.