Wildlife lovers rejoice as Sidda rises

Wildlife lovers rejoice as Sidda rises

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-11-10 20:34 Bengaluru: Written off by ‘experts’, Sidda, the jumbo stuck at Manchinabele reservoir with a compound fracture, has surprised everyone by standing.Much to the joy of wildlife enthusiasts, the 50-year-old, one-eyed jumbo known for his calm nature has shown signs of improvement, thanks to the Madras Engineering Group (MEG), which helped the pachyderm to stand up by constructing a support structure.A huge structure was created for the elephant by the MEG personnel working day and night.As many as 40 people, including army personnel, villagers and forest staff successfully worked on for a marathon six hours (Wednesday, 9 November, 2016 10.30 pm to Thursday 10, November 2016 ) to help the elephant stand up.“The cool attitude of Sidda, who is eating satisfactorily without getting jittery, shows that the condition of the animal is improving,” said Savitha Bharamagoudar, who along with her husband S J Kiran started Save Namma Sidda campaign’ to draw the attention of the people towards the jumbo.Thrilled by the improvement in Sidda’s condition, Savitha and Kiran celebrated by distributing sweets.The tusker consumed about 200 litres of water and ate about 100 kilos of food after he was made to stand. A team of veterinarians headed by Dr Arun Sha of Wildlife SoS is constantly monitoring the condition of the elephant. The animal, which was stranded at one place, has developed bed sores and one of its tusks has worn out due to constant friction with the ground. The animal for now is being supported with a harness, which is being maintained by the forest staff.Sidda was injured when the forest department had taken up an anti-depredations exercise to scare away crop raiding jumbos. Having fallen into a ditch, the one-eyed animal suffered multiple fractures. Despite his condition, he was chased from Savanadurga forests until he found refuge in Manchenabele dam. Despite his injuries, old jumbo has shown an amazing spirit to live.The jumbo, named Sidda by mahouts of Bannerghatta Biological Park for his calm nature, reportedly has not harmed any human being. The body scan of the jumbo has revealed that it has several bullet injuries in its body.