Balangir, November 25 (LocalWire): Resident of Upperjhar and nearby villagers in Balangir forest Range who have been suffering crop damage by a group of elephants for over the last 15 days now, woke up to unexpected news of a newborn elephant before dawn on Sunday.
“The baby elephant was born around 3.30 am in Upperjhar forest. Our forest staff noticed this today morning.
After the birth of a baby elephant, the group took them inside the forest. Our staff is keeping a tab on the movement of elephants there,” Balangir divisional forest officer Sameer Satpathy informed the LocalWire correspondent over phone.
According to the officer, the group of over 12 elephants has been staying in the Upperjhar forest area since last fortnight.
“As it is a dense forest and there are water bodies like Muda (a traditional water body of western Odisha) and minor irrigation project almost inside the forest, the elephants are getting both food and shelter and hence staying there.
Besides they are also getting food from paddy and sugarcane being cultivated in nearby villages,” a local stated.