The juvenile male elephant was found lying on a private plot about 250 meters from the forest boundary.
A juvenile male elephant rescued by rangers from a pit on the grounds of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) near Periyanaickenpalayam in Coimbatore district two days ago was found collapsed in an area of private land on Monday, November 8, 2021.
District Forest Officer T.K. Ashok Kumar said two veterinarians are trying to revive the elephant, aged between six and eight.
On Monday morning, the elephant was found lying on a private plot, about 250 meters from the forest boundary.
The field staff immediately informed senior officials about the sick elephant being unable to move.
Rajesh Kumar from Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and assistant veterinarian Vetrivel from Kovanoor near Periyanaickenpalayam rushed to the spot and injected glucose and other vital drugs to revive the elephant.
Forest officer Periyanaickenpalayam S. Selvaraj and his team are guarding the site to prevent other elephants from potentially straying into private land in search of sick young.
The elephant was found trapped in a hole clogged with rainwater at the edge of the CRPF campus on Saturday afternoon. When the elephant couldn’t get out of the hole, the Department used an excavator to lift it with the help of a rope. Although the elephant had gone into the woods, staff continued to monitor the animal and discovered it was ill on Monday morning.