In a heart wrenching incident, mother elephant uproots an electric transformer to avenge the death of her 2 yr old calf which died of electrocution near Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary in Palamaner in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district on Monday.
The mother elephant watched her two year old calf electrocuted to death helplessly on Sunday and refused to leave the dead calf trying to move it.
The incident took place on Sunday morning when the elephant and her calf were passing by a stretch in the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. The calf happened to brush the transformer and was struck with high voltage power.
The devastated mother elephant had watched her calf electrocuted and died. She later tried to move calf unsuccessfully. Forest officials say the elephant refused to leave the spot where her calf died and that the forest officials were forced to drive the giant animal into the forests.
Nevertheless, after mourning the death of its calf, the mother elephant returned to slay the monster that killed her baby. In all its anguish the elephant uprooted the electric pole and threw it aside.
The forest officials later buried the calf. The officials said “returning the next day, the mother walked around the spot where her calf was buried and uprooted the transformer pole in vengeance.”
The baby elephant’s death brings to light the sorry state of affairs in the forest management. After learning about the incident, Forest officials immediately requested the APTRANSCO to cut off the electricity in the surrounding areas.
Orders were passed to arrange for fencing around such transformer poles as concerns were raised about the deaths of animals with the present one being the third in a month within the range of Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary.
The sanctuary falls on an elephant corridor where elephants pass through the areas between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. At present the Koundinya Wildlife sanctuary shelters around 35 elephants say official records.