TANGLA: Amid the global pandemic when people are glued to the screens of their digital gizmos to beat the boredom of isolation, a heart-warming video of a mother elephant along with another elephant helping its calf climb an eroded river bank is being widely shared on social media platforms and is winning hearts.
Though theUdalguri district has hogged the limelight in recent years for insurgency and man-elephant conflicts, this time it is all for a good reason. The 30-second video clip of the pachyderms, said to be taken at Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary in Udalguri district along the Indo-Bhutan border, has drawn the curiosity of wildlife activists and animal conservationists.
Aditya Thakur, a youth from Uttar Pradesh, sharing the video on his Twitter handle @Imaditya10. "Mother's love, how hard this elephant is trying to get her children out of the water. Truly mother's love is the truest and best in this world. This video is from Udalguri district of Assam," he wrote.
Guwahati-based journalist Nandan Pratim Sharma Bordoloi in his twitter handle @NANDANPRATIM wrote, "This video of mother's love to baby elephant make you emotional. Mother desperately trying to lift her baby from the river at Udalguri, Assam today. They are so calm and disciplined, which we should learn from. Elephants carry their young for 20-22 months, longer than any mammal."
"Normally pachyderms are very social and are attached to their calves and often when they get stuck in trenches, they put their best effort to rescue them. Sometimes even forest personnel had to nurture such rescued animals before releasing them in their natural habitat," said award-winning wildlife activist Nabajyoti Baruah, a resident of Kalaigaon in Udalguri district.