There are many news stories where animals have entered the city limits due to the cutting of trees in their habitats, or forests. “In Odisha, a wild elephant entered Odisha’s capital city, Bhubaneshwar, and was tranquilized,” said the forest official.
The giant animal elephant came into the limits of the city from the Puri district, Pipli, in Bhubaneshwar. The forest is believed to be a dense forest from which the elephant entered the city limits.
How and When did the elephant enter the city of Bhubaneshwar?
The elephant entered the limits of Bhubaneshwar on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. As the elephant entered some of the residential complexes of Bhubaneshwar, the animal created a sense of panic in the minds of the local residents of Bhubaneshwar.
The elephant entered the Bhubaneshwar at 2 am. The elephant was first spotted near a garage square, near Rabi talkies. From rabi talkies, the elephant started moving towards the Sundarpada locality which is located near the Poonam gate area of Bhubaneshwar.
From where did the elephant come to Bhubaneshwar, Odisha?
There are suspects that the elephant came from the forest near Puri districts’ Pipli (which is 25 km away from Bhubaneshwar). The police are trying to find the animal. For finding the animal, the police had to travel a lot.
For finding the elephant, the police and the forest department had to form separate teams which consisted of a total of 100 people. The team was joined by the forest officials of Bhubaneshwar, Khurda, and Chandaka wildlife sanctuary. All the members tried searching for the elephant.
Was the elephant found after the search?
As a team of 100 people was formed for searching th animal, the team of 100 people (including policemen and officials of the forest department), the elephant was finally found near the Aigina area of Bhubaneshwar at 5:20 am. As soon as the elephant was found, it was taken to the neighboring district of Nayagarh. It was taken to Nayagarh so that the elephant may be released into the wild.
According to the first official (present in the team of 100 people), “The animal was first seen in Pipili ad we have been driving it since Tuesday morning, It has not caused any damage but a large gathering of onlookers made our task difficult”, City DFO Ajit Kumar Satpathy added.
Now, the elephant has been safely dropped in the forest and it has reunited with its co-elephants in the forest. Usually, the animals in the city limits are caused due to various reasons such as the lack of trees in the forest, building industries, and buildings in their space. This causes the animals to move to their original home near the forest, near the Puri district of Odisha.
A similar incident happened a lot in the Aarey colony of Mumbai, Maharashtra. A leopard entered the colony through the forest and also killed people and children. This incident takes place very frequently.