The reunion plan devised by the officials of the Chandka elephant reserve finally bore fruit as elephant calf Kalinga returned to the forests along with a herd of pachyderms in the early hours of Sunday. The calf was separated from the herd on May 6 after which the officials of the Chandka elephant sanctuary rolled out a unique reunion plan.
According to the plan, the baby was kept in natural surroundings within the sanctuary, which was barricaded. The barricades were built in such a manner that the baby would find it difficult to escape, but it could be broken with ease by an adult elephant.
On Sunday, Kalinga began her return journey into the forests with a herd of four elephants.
According to DFO Patnaik, the next seven days would be crucial for Kalinga as her dietary habits had been