CWRC reunites 80 displaced Elephant calves

A wild elephant calf caught in a ditch was reunited with its mother recently by the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) team assisting local authorities in Golaghat. This is the 12th elephant calf reunion facilitated by the centre that completes its 10th year next week.

The good news is that the calf was reunited successfully, and especially when the centre is completing a decade of its service in Assam. CWRC continues to develop as a rescue and rehabilitation center, said Sanjib Kumar Bora Director of Kaziranga National Park.

Dr Abhijit Bhawal, IFAW-WTI vetenerian based at CWRC said,” The calf is believed to have fallen in a tea garden ditch on Saturday night when its herd was crossing the Naharjan Estate near Galeka Balijan, few kilometres away from Bokakhat. CWRC reached the spot and saw the calf in weak condition. Some locals had helped him out of the ditch”. Dr Bhawal was assisted by the Assam Forest Department authorities there along with keepers Lakhiram Das and Chandra Swargiary.

The villagers informed the team that the herd was nearby. After providing it temporary medical relief the team made the calf walked towards the forests in Karbi Anglong, where the herd began to answer to the calf’s call and soon an adult female which is believed to be its mother, approached the calf when the villagers along with the CWRC officials left the calf alone.

Mentionable that the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and conservation completes its 10th anniversary on 28th August highlighting it as the only centre of its kind based near a National Park and deals with multi species. A joint venture of the Assam Forest Department and International Fund for Animal Welfare Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI), CWRC and its satellite Mobile Veterinary Service (MVS) units have attended to more than 80 displaced elephant calves till date. More than 50 of these were successfully released, including 13 which were hand-raised and relocated to Manas National Park for reintegration with wild herd. Seven calves are currently hand-raised at CWRC.

Before CWRC came into existence, a lot of these displaced calves would either be killed or spend their lives in captivity. We have proven that displaced calves can be reunited with their herds and saved while facilitating their return into the wild if appropriate actions are taken at appropriate times said Dr Rathin Barman, Senior Advisor, WTI.

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