Rampaging Elephant Rescues Baby Girl

The family of Dipak Mahato of Olgaro village of Purulia district of West Bengal had gathered for dinner at around 8pm when they suddenly heard a “cracking sound” and then a huge crash from the bedroom. “We ran over and were shocked to see the wall in pieces and a tusker standing over our baby.

She was crying and there were huge chunks of the wall lying all around and on the cot,” he said. “The tusker started moving away but when our child started crying again, it returned and used its trunk to remove the debris.”

The elephant had smashed the house to bits when it heard Mahato‘s 10-month-old baby crying under the debris. It immediately turned back and carefully removed every last bit of stone, brick and mortar from the infant’s body before heading back to the forest on Monday 10th March 2014.
What makes the incident all the more surprising is that the lone tusker had earlier killed at least three people in the last year, say forest officers. The family in Olgara village was in awe and the girl’s mother Lalita Mahato said: “We worship Lord Ganesh (the elephant god) in our village.
Still, I can’t believe that the tusker saved my daughter after breaking down the door and smashing a wall. We watched amazed as it gently removed the debris that had fallen on her. It’s a miracle.”

When taken to Deben Mahato Sadar Hospital, the girl was found to only have some external injuries from the debris falling on her but was in no danger.
Hospital superintendent Neelanjana Sen said the infant was stable but they would keep her under observation for 48 hours.

In the opinion of Om Prokash, district forest officer, Purulia,”Unless people attack an elephant, these gentle giants do not harm human beings. They only come down here in search of food.” Jhalda ranger Samir Bose noted: “What’s really surprising is that this elephant left the little girl alive even after damaging the house.
It seems to have a heart, too.” It had already damaged at least 17 houses in Mathadi, Kasidih and Ghoshra village areas while the 18-member herd has only damaged crops in the field. The lone tusker was last spotted resting in Ghoshra forest on Tuesday evening.

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