This is the heart-wrenching moment a forest ranger says farewell to the elephant he cared for being taken away for the last time. The majestic creature suffered injuries on its ear and back before the forester tried to nurse it back to health. Sadly, the injuries proved fatal, despite the best efforts of workers at the Sadivayal Elephant Camp in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu, southern India. Video footage shows the ranger in floods of tears, gently stroking the elephant’s trunk before it is taken away in a truck.
Referring to the fruit he used to feed the animal, he says: ‘To whom will I give hereafter?’ Sharing the video on Twitter, Indian Forest Service officer Ramesh Pandey said: ‘It’s really moving to see this tearful bid adieu to an elephant by his companion forester.’ It struck a chord with many users, one of whom said: ‘Even if you try your best you can never express emotions in words. This was pretty emotional.
The heartbroken forest ranger gives his final goodbye before the elephant is taken away
The Indian Forest Service Association wrote: ‘Some emotions cannot be expressed into words. Gone from his sight, but not from his heart.’ The elephant had been under the caretaker’s watch for the past three months before finally succumbing to its injuries this week. It is suspected the elephant was wounded deliberately by humans, Zee News reports. Owners of a private resort nearby are reported to have chased the elephant away, throwing a burning tire at the elephant.
Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident, OpIndia reports. In a statement today, the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve said it has apprehended Prasath and Raymond Dean, 36 and 28, from Mavanallah. It said a third person named Ricky Ryan,31, who was not in town, is also connected to the case. Workers at the reserve said they spotted the elephant around the Masinagudi-Bokkapuram area, deciding to keep an eye on its injuries and assigning a team to feed and care for it.
The elephant had an appointed watcher named Bellan, who shared a very special bond with it and was left heartbroken by its death. After noticing the creature becoming considerably weak a few days ago, the team decided to tranquilize it and take it to their camp for further treatment. But as it was being loaded onto a truck to be taken to the site, it collapsed and died of its injuries. The reserve said a post-mortem report found the injury in its back had ‘led to pus formation in the lungs.