Forest Department in Cox’s Bazar rescued an elephant calf that is believed to have excluded from elephant herd in Shaplapur area of Teknaf.

The three-month-old female calf, weighing 121 kg, was handed over to safari park authorities on Wednesday. It was found abandoned beside Monkhali canal under Shaplapur beat office of Huiyakkong range of Cox’s Bazar South Forest Division.

Humayun Kabir, divisional forest officer (DFO) of Cox’s Bazar South Forest Division, told The Daily Star that the calf was standing for long near Monkhali canal against which there is a steep hill.

“We think the calf has fallen from the hill and could not make it due to steepness of the hill,” he said, adding that they rescued the baby elephant around 2:00pm on Wednesday and were feeding it milk and bananas.

“As there is no elephant herd nearby, we handed it over to Dulahazari Safari Park at Chakaria for its better care,” he said.

Meanwhile, the beat officer along with other staffs was asked to remain watchful for any mother elephant looking for the calf.

“We will release the calf to its mother once our team finds it”, he said.

Abu Naser Mohammad Yeasin Neyaz, divisional forest officer of Chattogram Wildlife and Nature Conservation Division, also the supervising boss of Safari Park, said they received the calf and got it health checked by a veterinary surgeon.


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