Keonjhar: Forest Department officials rescued a baby elephant from an abandoned well Thursday morning in Champua area of Odisha’s Keonjhar district, a source said.
Some locals spotted the baby elephant struggling to come out of the well. On being informed, forest officials reached the spot and rescued the baby elephant using an excavator.
Following the rescue, the elephant was found to be in good condition and was later freed into the forest.
According to a forest department official, the baby elephant was separated from its herd — with as many as 24 members comprising nine tuskers, six cow elephants, and nine calves — that had come from Kalikaprasad Reserve forest Wednesday night and was moving towards Tuntuna forest through Kanchanpur.
Later the elephant slipped into an abandoned 10-foot deep well that was situated along the Baitarani River at Tuntuna under the Champua forest range, the official informed.