Seven calves, among the herd of 49 elephants roaming East Burdwan’s Ausgram for the past couple of days, cannot keep pace with the elders, a challenge for foresters to drive away the animals back to the forests in Bankura.
The foresters, however, have managed to get the herd to move into the Bhalki forest area and decided to adopt a “go slow” approach as the calves can’t walk as fast as others.
“There are calves in the herd and so the process to drive them towards Bankura is slow. We tried to drive them away till early Saturday morning but the calves can’t move as fast. We will try again on Saturday night,” said Nisha Goswami, the divisional forest officer of East Burdwan.
A herd of 49 elephants, including seven calves, ravaged paddy farms in parts of East Burdwan on Thursday after entering the district through an unorthodox route.