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Saturday , October 16 , 2010
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Villagers rescue elephant

Shillong, Oct. 15: The Balpakram National Park division of the forest department rescued a young elephant last week with the help of the residents of Rongsa Awe Aking village in South Garo Hills and police.

The elephant had fallen into a deep gorge, while it was foraging along with the rest of the herd.

Guthan D. Shira, a villager of Rongsa Awe, first informed the police about the incident and requested them to save the elephant.

“We received an emergency message from the police department and our division responded immediately,” said Pawan Agrahari, divisional forest officer, BNP division.

It was a deep gorge adjacent to Jadigittim in South Garo Hills .

“The rescue effort took a day and villagers were a great help. We removed earth from one side of the gorge to pull the elephant out,” said C.G. Momin, range forest officer of the national park.

“We observed the elephant until it found the herd and disappeared into the forest,” Momin added.

Kamal Medhi, the spokesperson for the Samrakhsan Trust, which is engaged in preservation and conservation of the environment in Garo hills, said it was a positive sign that the people are engaged in saving the elephant.

“Conservation will be possible only with the active support of the people,” he added.

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