Coimbatore: The ailing female elephant that was found at the foothills of Maruthamalai on Thursday managed to stand on its own on Saturday, even as the forest veterinary officers continued to treat the animal for the third consecutive day.
The elephant was unable to stand on its own when it was spotted along with its three-month-old calf three days ago.
According to a forest officer, the elephant was very active on the day and started eating coconut leaves, banana bulbs and other green fodders. “Its health condition is gradually improving and we have loosened the two belts tied around it on the day. It managed to stand on its own.”
He said the elephant calf had left the mother elephant and joined its sibling, a sub-adult male elephant, that visited the spot in the morning. “The calf is likely to return to its mother, as its sibling might abandon it soon. We have deployed four frontline staff to closely monitor the elephant calf.”

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