Rourkela, October 24 (LocalWire): Officials of the Department of Forest, fire brigade personnel and the locals on Thursday managed to rescue an adult female elephant that had fallen into deep dug well last night.
The whole operation to rescue the jumbo, which started this morning, lasted for well over two hours.
A herd comprising 18 elephants had been roaming near the Birtola forest for the last two weeks, under the Bargaon forest range under Sundergarh forest division.
Last night the herd had come close to Dumerta village and was chased away by the villagers. However, they continued to hear the distress trumpeting of an elephant through the night and found the elephant stuck in a dug well trying to swim out of it.
The villagers soon informed the forest and sought their help to save the animal.
“We found the elephant in a very distressed state as it looked tired after trying to swim out through the night,” Bargaon range officer Bijay Mahapatra said.
The forest officials further informed the fire department about the situation it and they also arrived at the scene with their equipment and the rescue team.
“We tried to get two JCBs to the spot for digging a path but the heavy machines could not reach near the well because of the slushy condition there.
Finding no way out we put a large sal wood across the well for the elephant to hold it and come out. But, it did not help as she was tired,” Mahapatra stated.
Finding no way out the fire personnel used their long ropes and managed to get it under the elephant’s body and front leg.
Once the ropes were in place, everyone joined in to pull out the large animal from the well.
“With over a hundred people pulling it, the jumbo got strength and managed to pull itself out by holding the sal wood log, as it got ground to put its feet,” the forest official stated.
As soon as it came out it ran out of the spot with great speed.
Meanwhile, a herd of elephant, consisting of over 20 animals came perilously close to Rourkela city as they reached the edge of Jalda RR Colony, which is just five kilometers away from here.
It is believed that the herd is a local one, and had earlier moved to Jharkhand and has now come back to Odisha.
With the weather remaining extremely hostile on Wednesday, the forest department officials could not drive the elephants away and the herd was able to climb the Puruna Jalda hill range.
“We are planning to carry out the drive this evening if the weather god remains kind towards us.
In inclement weather it is difficult to chase the animal because there is a threat to life,” ACF Rourkela Dilip Sahu said.