Elephant Calves Lose Mother; Visit Burial Site Daily

Press Trust of India
August 11, 2009

Despite becoming part of a new herd, love and affection for their mother simply refuses to die, as two elephant calves, including a new born, have been visiting daily the place, where their mother was buried in a forest area in neighbouring Virudhunagar district.

The female elephant had given birth to a calf on August 5 in Shenbagathoppu forest area near Srivilliputhur, about 80 km from here, but died later following dehydration.

The new born and another three-year-old calf were seen moving around the area in search of their mother.

Few days back, the two calves under the observation of the forest department were introduced to a herd of four adult elephants into their fold at a place nearly seven kilometres from where the female elephant had died, forest officials said.

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