West Bengal: Elephant Hides Child Between Legs To Protect Her From Other Herd Members

The Logical Indian Crew West Bengal

February 22nd, 2019 / 4:30 PM

Elephant Garumara Child Save

In a heartwarming incident, an elephant on National Highway 31 near Garumara forest stood like a pillar to guard a four-year-old girl who fell off a scooter, from other herd members. The incident took place in Jalpaiguri district on Thursday, February 21, while a family of three people were returning to Lataguri after going for a prayer to a temple inside the forest.


The incident

The forest is divided into two parts by the highway. Businessman Nitu Ghosh was on his way back home in a two-wheeler, with his wife Titli and daughter Ahana, and stopped the scooter when we saw a herd of elephants crossing the road.

Officials said that Ghosh resumed his journey after a while when the herd had gone into the other side of the jungle. However, some members of the herd still happened to be inside the jungle, and as they suddenly appeared, the scooter almost ran into them. All three of them fell off the scooter as Ghosh had to apply the break suddenly.

Surprisingly, one of the elephants came forward and began guarding little Ahana, keeping her safe in the space between its legs, while the other members of the herd continued their journey. Sensing that the family was in trouble, a truck driver who was behind Ghosh’s two-wheeler hooted the horn loudly to try and scare away the tuskers. Soon, the elephants were gone, giving Ahana back to their mother, reported NDTV

The family was taken to Lataguri by the truck driver and Ghosh and his wife, who had suffered injuries, were admitted to a Jalpaiguri nursing home. According to doctors in the private facility, although Ahana had not suffered any external injuries, she was traumatised.

During the past few months, in the same area, several people were injured and a tourist was killed by elephants. Ayan Chakraborty, ranger of Garumara South, said that it is common for elephants to stand on the highway while they move from one part of the forest to another. Forest department personnel, if informed, often scare them away with fire crackers.

While we get to hear about several hit-and-run cases, this incident is indeed exceptional. After all, the elephant turned out to be more humane than so many humans.


Also Read: “Elephants Have First Right On Forest,” Says SC While Asking Assam Refinery To Demolish Wall


Contributors

Written by : Sumanti Sen

Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi

Related Stories

RSS Worker, Pregnant Wife, Child Hacked To Death In West Bengal, Police Detains Two Suspects

Train Kills Elephant Dooars

Train Kills Elephant Trying To Cross The Tracks In West Bengal’s Dooars

BJP President Beat TMC Police

Bengal BJP President Asks Party Workers To Beat Police, TMC Members If Attacked

Bengal Jail Pakistani Prisoners

West Bengal: Amidst High Tension Between India And Pakistan, Pakistani Prisoners Shifted

Railway Ministry Action

Railway Ministry To Take Action Against Official For His “Defamatory Article” On Piyush Goyal & Other Board Members

Dev Mishra Dancer Bihar

Going Forward: After Two Trains Ran Over His Legs, This Man Found A Passion For Dancing

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

New Chapter In NCRB Data, Crimes By Anti-National Elements; Mob-Lynching And Communal Murders Left Out

News

Kashmir’s Detainees Forced To Sign Bond Barring Them From Speaking, Commenting On The State’s “Recent Events”

Exclusive

Bengaluru: Amrita School Of Engineering Student Commits Suicide Over Alleged Harassment By College Management

News

Calcutta, Jadavpur Top Among State-Run Universites In QS India University Rankings 2020

News

Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion Now Legal In Northern Ireland As Parliament Scraps 19th Century Laws

Get Inspired

India’s Blade Runner, Anandan Gunasekaran Bags Two Gold At Military World Games

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.