Karnataka: Tusker entangled in fishing net rescued | Mysuru News – Times of India
Bandipur Tiger Reserve foresters said an elephant herd had entered the backwaters on Monday night to cross to the other side for food. While swimming, one of them got entangled in a net laid by fishermen.
The tusker struggled to free himself and could not swim to safety, while other elephants crossed the river and went back to the forest.
Some villagers who were walking to their fields at 6.30am noticed the tusker struggling in the water and alerted forest officials. Hediyala sub-division assistant conservator of forests (ACF) MS Ravikumar said: “I rushed to the spot, and with the support of fire service personnel, started the rescue operation. The irrigation department has given a tender for fishing in the water and fishermen had laid the net. We entered the water in a motor boat and cut the hooks of the nets to release the elephant,” he said.
While the forest staff managed to cut the nets, the scared jumbo struggled to swim towards the bank.
Chenna Nayaka, a forester, jumped into the waters and managed to turn the tusker towards the forest by using a long stick. At 2pm, the tusker finally swam back to the bank and entered the forest.