Wild elephant entangled in fishing net rescued from backwaters (Video)

Last Modified Wednesday, 20 January 2021 (10:40 IST)
Mysuru:In an operation that lasted more than eight hours, forest officials rescued a wild elephant, which was found struggling to free itself after its legs got entangled in the fishing nets cast by fishermen in Nugu in H D Kote taluk.(symbolic pic)
The Forest Department officials who rushed to the spot after being informed about an elephant struggling in the backwaters by local villagers, said that they were not sure if the elephant got entangled in the nets yesterday night or this morning.
The Police and the Forest Department personnel, who rushed to the spot, took a boat near to the elephant, but could not get closer to it as it panicked and splashed water making the boat unstable. As a result, the team had to return to the banks.
Meanwhile, the Forest Department staff found old nets in the water when they went to rescue the elephant. This means that old nets are being discarded in the backwaters which is illegal as they pose a threat to wild animals.
Meanwhile, H D Kote Fire and Emergency Service personnel – Ramesh, Ashok, Vinay Kumar and Dinesh — arrived and came up with the idea to use multiple hooks to drag the nets entangled to the elephant's feet.
After taking the boat close to the elephant when it was too tired to splash water, the fire personnel dropped the metal hooks with ropes attached to them and slowly tugged at the entangled nets until they came free from underneath the elephant's legs.
The elephant then mustered all its strength, swam to the shore and then walked into the forest. There was a sigh of relief and celebration among the huge crowd that had gathered at the spot to witness the rescue operation.
Saragur Sub-Inspector Divya, Nugu Range Forest Officer (RFO) Geetha, Hediyala RFO Manjunath, farmer leader Vivek Cariappa and others were present at the spot.(UNI)