The injured tusker in Sunsunia jungles. Telegraph picture
Jamshedpur, Oct. 21: A 50-year-old tusker, which sustained injuries during a turf war with other elephants on October 9 in Sunsunia jungles, is showing steady signs of improvement.
According to forest officials, the wounds on its ears, trunk and body have somewhat healed. They added the elephant’s movement had actually helped it recuperate.
“The tusker is presently covering around 10km at night, while it takes rests during the daytime. He was found in Devsol jungles in Dalbhumgarh on Monday morning,” said Chakulia range officer Gorakh Ram.
Even a few days ago, the tusker travelled only 4km a day.
The mammal, which was on its way to Devsol forests, was injured during a six-hour-long fight with three elephants in Sunsunia, about 90km from Jamshedpur, on October 9.
According to Ram, the elephant stayed at Sunsunia jungles, also in the Chakulia forest range, for around 10 days after the incident.
The tusker resumed its journey on October 19, and touched Jorisha, Kendbani, Raghunathpur, Pindrasol and Jhunjki before dropping anchor at Devsol jungles on Monday morning.
“Village youths, who were deployed to keep tabs on the tusker, followed the animal to Devsol. The elephant is safe here as there are no other elephants in the jungles,” Ram added.
Foresters said the tusker might have wandered away from its herd on its way to the Chakulia range from neighbouring Bengal.
“The elephant probably belongs to Bengal jungles as it is showing signs of returning to the neighbouring state very often,” a forest official said.