Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Nov 17 - A wild elephant and a calf were rescued by the Indian Army and forest personnel from a water tank at the Narengi Cantonment here this morning.
Army and forest department personnel rescuing a wild elephant and its calf from a water tank at the Narengi Cantonment in the city on Sunday. – Photo: Rituraj Borthakur
Officials said that a herd of wild elephants entered the cantonment area in the morning. A mother and its calf somehow fell into a water tank and got trapped there. “An alert sentry saw the trapped animals and immediately informed his higher-ups,” an official said.
The elephants were trapped in the safety water tank near the ammunition storage area. The water from the tank is used during fire hazards. Initial attempts to take out the animals using logs and other equipment failed.
“Later, we brought an excavator. While the excavator pushed the animals from behind, the Army and the forest personnel pulled out the elephants using ropes. It took over two hours to rescue the animals,” the official added. The two elephants later moved towards Amchang. There are three to four wild elephants that move in and around the cantonment area frequently. Every other day, Army personnel spot them inside the area.