Seethathodu: A rare sight from the wild was witnessed off the Angamoozhy-Gavi road here in Kerala's Pathanamthitta district. After an elephant gave birth off the Angamoozhy-Gavi road the other day, a whole herd stood guard for the calf.
The mother elephant was also seen helping the newborn get up even as it fell frequently.
Meanwhile, three jumbos stood on the 6-foot high mud wall on the roadside; four others and a calf was seen further off the street; and two others were spotted on the banks of Kakkat River. It is said elephants stand guard like this to protect the calf from tigers.
Forest guards were meanwhile patrolling the area.
The area falls under the Kochukoyikkal Forest Station under Goodrikkal Range in Ranni Division.
Motorists had spotted these elephants among the bamboos near the road. A family had to reverse their car for a long distance to escape an advancing elephant on guard.
KSEB lineman Jamini and family had to face the wrath of one of the elephants on guard while returning from Moozhiyar. They had reached Chelikkuzhy from Moozhiyar quarters when the elephant charged at their vehicle. They reversed the car for over 200 metres and waited half an hour before proceeding.
The driver of another car behind theirs showed the presence of mind to reverse too, helping Jamini’s family get out of the jumbo's way.