The Telegraph
Thursday , August 14 , 2014
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Girl, here’s milk of human kindness

Forget the battle of the bulge. Fancy this baby jumbo diet.

The orphaned elephant calf, rescued from Garu range of Palamau Tiger Reserve on August 10, will stay put at the big cat abode for now and savour 2.5 litres of milk, six bananas and soft bamboo shoots every day, besides 1.5 litres of water, spoonfuls of glucose and vitamins to boost its immunity system.

It is learnt that the PTR authorities are planning to domesticate the three-month-old female despite apprehensions fuelled by lack of expertise, infrastructure and manpower crunch at the reserve, as well as the calf’s tender age.

On Wednesday, vet Ajay Kumar from Birsa Munda Biological Park in Ormanjhi, Ranchi, was rushed to Palamau. He told The Telegraph that the baby elephant was “hale and hearty” but indeed required “better supervision”.

“She is 42-inch tall and weighs around 75kg. Study of her developing digestive system revealed she is some three months old,” he said.

He added that the calf needed balanced feeding. “Since she is an orphan and has been separated from her herd, chances are rare that she can sustain on her own in the wild. Hence, we have the only other option. I have prescribed a diet chart comprising roughage, milk and vitamins for her.” Kumar is expected to return after a fortnight to take stock. Text by ASRP Mukesh; Telegraph picture

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