On Friday, forest officials collaborated with locals to free six wild elephants trapped in a marshy pond in Assam’s Goalpara district.
Locals state that a herd of wild elephants descended from the surrounding Meghalaya hills searching for food. Six tuskers, including a calf, became bogged down in a muddy pond near Lakhipur in Goalpara while foraging.
Locals became aware of the elephants’ situation and alerted forest authorities and the police.
According to a forest official from the Goalpara district, the jumbos had to be extracted from the muck using JCBs. The process of restoring the free elephants took roughly two hours.