4-month ordeal ends for Odisha elephant

first_imgAn elephant was on Monday relieved of four-month pain after a scooter tyre got stuck to its leg. Forest personnel tranquillised the tusker and removed the tyre. A team, comprising veterinarians from the Odisha University of Agriculture Technology and forest personnel, took one hour to cut the tyre. The pachyderm was cordoned off when it came near a water body inside the Subasini Reserve Forest, under the Athagarh Forest Division, in the afternoon and tranquillised.Earlier several attempts to remove the tyre proved futile as the jumbo used to react violently, said Arun Kumar Swain, Divisional Forest Officer of Athagarh.“Fortunately, the wound had not deteriorated. After administration of antibiotics, the elephant was set free,” he said.The elephant had been wandering in the Chandaka and Athagarh forest divisions for the past four months. The freak incident caught the attention of wildlife lovers, who launched a campaign seeking to relieve its pain.last_img

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