Title:VV2601 Elephant removed from well in Ambikapur
Date:23rd November 2017
Summary:A group of 13 elephants had raided a village on Sunday night near the Pendari Valley in Ambikapur district of Chhattishgarh, India. As the herd ran amok in the neighbourhood destroying whatever came in their way — including breaking clay homes, villagers came out of their homes and tried to fight back the giant attackers.
The herd of elephant had entered Navadhakki village from the Pratappur forest area around 8pm on Sunday night. As the herd went on a rampage in the village pulling down mud-walled houses, people came out of their homes and flashed torch-light on their faces. This enraged the elephants and they charged at the crowd. People started running helter-skelter to save their life. It was then the elephant in question lost his control and fell into the well. The impact of the fall was such that the pachyderm broke his leg and kept trumpeting in pain throughout the night.
The villagers informed the administration about the incident. Acting swiftly, forest ranger D.N Jaiswal and his team arrived at the scene but the rescue operation couldn’t be started then.
The operation started in the morning on Monday and continued till 1:30 pm on Tuesday. During the 41-hour-long operation, the forest department provided the tusker with food inside the well itself. The forest officials first broadened the mouth of the well and made a slope so that the animal can walk out of the well.
“The first plan didn’t work as the elephant was not able to move an inch from its place due to the fracture in his leg. It was then two cranes were called in to lift the mammal out of the well. I am glad to shared that our team camped at the site for 41 hours and managed to pull the distressed animal out of the well,” said Jaiswal.
The elephant was then loaded onto a truck and taken to near by forest department rehabilitation centre where the vets would provide him necessary treatment.