Elephants rescue calves from drowning


  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003

TAMIL NESAN front-paged a moving story of how seven elephants rescued two calves that fell into a small pond while drinking water in a village near Chennai, India, last Saturday.  

Two elephants with their two calves, seeking water, had come to Poovaipathy village at about 5am. 

While drinking water in a pond there, the baby elephants slipped and fell into the 2m-deep pond.  

The helpless elephants trumpeted and desperately went round and round the pond. 

Awakened by the loud noises of the elephants, the villagers alerted the Forestry Department, but the elephants had by then run into a nearby jungle. 

Department officials, who came to the scene later, tried to find ways to rescue the calves.  

They decided to roll big boulders into the pond to help the calves climb up to safety. 

The officials rolled the boulders towards the pond but had not reached it, when the two elephants that went into the jungle earlier, came back with another five elephants, the daily reported. 

The officials, who were ready with tranquillisers to quieten the elephants should they get enraged, got the shock of their lives when the seven elephants pushed the boulders into the pond and that enabled the calves to walk up to safety. 

The seven elephants together with the two calves, then walked back peacefully into the jungle.  

The morning episode had made the villagers and officials spellbound, the daily reported. 

Malaysia Nanban carried a report about a couple here who were stripped naked in a toilet and their nude pictures taken for not settling RM500, by men working for a loan shark. 

It reported that a man, 40, from Kepong, had borrowed RM1,000 from a loan shark last year and only settled RM500. 

The loan shark came with eight men to the man's house.  

His men tied the man and his wife up and undressed them before taking nude pictures to blackmail them, it reported. 

The trio who came to collect the money were nabbed by police.  

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