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A man carries a 100 kg baby elephant alone on his shoulder and releases it into the wild

A heroic forest guard who carried a baby elephant too weak to walk has revealed how he lifted it. Although the baby elephant looked cute, the baby elephant was heavier than the guard Palanichamy Sarathkumar. It was said to be more than 100 kg.

Palanichamy Sarathkumar, who took the baby elephant, is currently working as a forest ranger and is stationed near Metthupalam. Mettupalayam is a small forested city 32 miles (50 km) from the beautiful hill station Ooty.

About 3 years ago, on December 12, Mr. Palanichamy received a call from someone on his way home from a night shift. It is said that a female elephant sneaked near the Vanabhadra Kaliamman temple and blocked the road. At that very moment he went there with some people who were with him.

They fired a few fire-crackers to drive the elephant back towards the forest. After the females left, they continue to look for other elephants nearby. Then they saw a baby elephant stuck in a small drain. It was a small drain and the baby was quite confused. Palanichamy and his colleagues pulled a rock out of a ditch because it was blocking the elephant’s exit.

Mr. Sarathkumar realized that the female elephant on the side of the road must be the mother of this calf. but at that moment the calf was too weak to even walk, so the work of saving it was in a rather difficult situation.After a lot of difficult work, the team including Palanichamy was able to remove the stone and take the cub out.They wanted to carry the calf to the other side so that the mother elephant could find her calf again.They realized that mother elephants are usually very protective and can attack when trying to tame it.That’s why Palanichamy decided to carry the calf alone. He chose to risk his own life instead of risking four. He carried this 100 kg calf, which was heavier than himself, on his own.

He left the baby elephant near a water hole and hoped that the mother elephant would come and find the baby.He waited for several hours but the mother elephant did not come, so they thought that the mother elephant would come when everyone went back.So they went back and came back in the morning and found that the cub was not there. The calf left its mark next to the larger pugmarks of a bigger elephant. Mr. Palanichamy believes they reunited and left again before sunrise.

“Groups of elephants, or herds, follow a matriarchal structure with the eldest female in charge. Herds are composed of primarily female family members and young calves, according to the San Diego Zoo, and include 6 to 20 members depending on the food supply. When the family gets too large, herds often split into smaller groups that stay within the same area. The matriarch relies on her experience and memory to recall where the best spots for food, water are, and where to find protection from the elements. The matriarch is also responsible for teaching the younger members of her family how to socialize with other elephants.”

Original article credit goes to – SONYAZ

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