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Bomman, Bellie heartbroken as child elephant raised by Elephant Whisperers for 15 days, dies

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In a tragic flip of occasions, a child elephant that was being taken care of by Bomman and Bellie, the protagonist couple from the Oscar-winning documentary Elephant Whisperers, died within the wee hours of Friday. For practically two weeks, the infant elephant was housed on the Theppakadu Elephant Camp within the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. Forest division officers has moved the infant to the camp, because it was learnt that the infant was separated from its mom and herd.

Earlier this month, as per the orders of the state Forest division, the infant elephant was rescued from a nicely in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district by Bellan. From 16 March onwards, the infant elephant was being supplied a liquid-based weight loss plan and was being monitored by the medical workers and the caretaker couple Bomman and Bellie. In keeping with officers, the infant was being fed lactogen.

Nevertheless, child elephants do not secrete satisfactory enzymes to digest lactogen and such enzymes are very low in infants that aren’t being fed by the mom. Officers suspect that the lactogen started to slowly accumulate within the child’s physique and there have been no seen signs of this, because the child continued to stay energetic and playful. As undigested lactogen accrued within the child’s system, it started to trigger diarrhoea, mentioned officers. 

On Thursday, having observed diarrhoea, the veterinary docs started to offer glucose, which was blended with medicines. However the child elephant died round 1am on Friday, with out responding to therapy. It’s suspected that diarrhoea and demise would have been attributable to some allergy symptoms, nevertheless, a autopsy is being carried out to check the precise reason for the infant’s demise. 

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The elephant caretaker couple Bomman and Bellie shot to prominence after a documentary movie ‘Elephant Whisperers’ was shot on the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and the Theppakadu elephant camp throughout the reserve. The movie was based mostly on how Bomman and Bellie go on to lift two deserted child elephants and captures the particular bond between the human caregivers and the infant elephants. 

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