A wild elephant and her calf, which were part of a herd that strayed out of Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam’s capital Guwahati, had to be rescued during a seven-hour operation after they accidentally fell into a water storage tank in Narangi cantonment on Saturday afternoon.
While the incident took place at at around 3:30 pm, the operation was finally called off at 11 pm.
The calf was the first to fall into the 10-foot deep water tank, Army PRO Lt Col Suneet Newton said, following which its mother tried to pull her out and fell in herself.
“While fire staff of the 14 Field Ammunition Depot noticed them first, a team of fire staff as well as other combatants were rushed to the spot. A team of forest staff along with vets from the Assam Veterinary College also arrived, but it took more than seven hours to rescue the animals,” Newton said.
Interestingly, the herd of elephants — about 18 in all — watched the entire operation from a distance, without causing any hindrance.