Udhagamandalam: An elephant, which has suffered serious injuries to its leg, is being guarded by two other tuskers in Sigur range in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Nilgiris district, thwarting forest officials attempts to rescue it.
The 20-year injured male elephant was noticed a couple of days ago by a group of anti-poaching watchers, set up by the forest department, who immediately informed officials.
Though, officials, along with a veterinarian, rushed to the
spot, they could not go near to it, as the two elephants were
guarding it, forest department sources said.
Efforts were made to shoot a tranquiliser dart, so that
proper treatment could be given to save the elephant, but
without any success, for third day on Friday, they said.
Meanwhile, a herd of seven elephants, including a calf, strayed into Kuruthukali village and destroyed carrot and other vegetables, cultivated by villagers. The herd also damaged four houses in and around the area and was still roaming around, creating panic among the residents, the sources said.