Baby elephant rescued by forest rangers in Dooars region of W Bengal

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Tinjhora (WB), Aug 2 (ANI): Forest rangers from Chapramari Reserve Forest in West Bengal rescued a calf elephant believed to be around 15 months, after it had got separated from the herd and strayed into Tinjhora village near Chapramari Reserve Forest in Dooars region of West Bengal.

It is believed that the elephant calf got separated while the herd was crossing River Murti close to the Chilcote Tea Estate located in Jalpaiguri district.

The forest rangers brought along two tamed elephants known as Kumkis to corner and pull the distressed elephant calf back to the forest.

"The herd of elephants was crossing the river to enter the forest reserve area but because the level of water in the river was high, the baby elephant could not cross it and instead entered in the village area," said Narbahadur Chettri, conservator of Chapramari Reserve Forest.

Of course, this instance of the elephant straying into a human habitat was on account of being isolated and inability to cross the swollen waters of the river.

But experts have repeatedly opined that massive deforestation, poaching and people encroaching upon forest corridors have forced the elephants to move out of their natural habitats in search of food and water. (ANI)

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