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CWRC MVS Team Treats Wild ‘Makhna’ Elephant at Behali
Dr Samshul Ali providing treatment to the ‘makhna’ elephant with the aid of kumki elephants from the Assam Forest Department

Sonitpur District, Assam, December 28, 2016: A wild ‘makhna’ (tusk-less male) elephant was chemically restrained and provided in situ treatment by a Mobile Veterinary Service (MVS) team from CWRC (the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, IFAW-WTI and the Assam Forest Department’s wildlife rescue, treatment and rehabilitation facility near Kaziranga National Park) on December 20.

Forest department personnel had called in the MVS team after observing the ‘makhna’, estimated to be from six to seven years old, near human habitation at Behali on the fringes of Kaziranga National Park. “It was in poor health”, said Dr Samshul Ali, the attending veterinarian. “We provided supportive treatment with the aid of kumki elephants (trained, captive elephants) after chemically immobilising it.”

Dr Madhurjya Bikash Borah, also with CWRC’s MVS team, assisted Dr Ali in the treatment process. Tejas Mariswamy, the Assistant Conservator of Forests of the 6th Addition to Kaziranga National Park, provided logistical support in the form of kumki elephants and field staff.

The elephant has shown improvement and began foraging a day after it was treated. It has been sighted in the forest near the floating forest camp under the 6th Addition to Kaziranga, and is being kept under observation by frontline forest staff. 
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