Bandipur Forest Department staff earn PM’s praise for rescuing elephant

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The Forest Department staff and veterinarians nursing the electrocuted elephant on a farm land.

CHAMARAJANAGAR: The Forest Department staff of Bandipur Tiger Reserve has earned praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for saving an elephant which had been electrocuted on a farm land at Bagari village in Gundlupet taluk recently.

The elephant had come in contact with an illegally laid electric fence on a farm land and had collapsed. The Forest Department staff and veterinarians nursed the elephant continuously for 10 hours and, after it recovered, sent it back into the forest.

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupendra Yadav tweeted videos and pictures of the Forest Department staff treating the elephant and noted, “So happy to note that an electrocuted elephant, struggling for life, was saved due to prompt action by the staff of Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The female elephant has been released back into the Reserve and is being closely monitored. Our forest frontline workers are our pride”.

The elephant was helped to get back on its feet using an excavator.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi retweeted the post with a comment saying, “Happy to see this. Compliments to the staff at Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Such compassion among our people is commendable”.

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