You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

The jumbo loss of Dudhwa National Park

Press Trust of India  |  Lakhimpur Kheri (UP) 

After rendering yeoman service for more than three decades in the Dudhwa National Park, 86-year-old Pushpakali has breathed her last, forest officials said today.

The female elephant, who joined the Dudhwa elephant family in 1986, died of prolonged illness yesterday.

Mahavir Kaujlagi, deputy director of Dudhwa National Park said, "Pushpakali was engaged in tourism activities in Dudhwa as well as various other forest operations."

He added, "Pushpakali had been suffering from old age- related illnesses and her condition failed to improve. A few weeks back, Pushpakali gave up taking food and ultimately died on Monday."

Pushpakali, who was part of various combing operations, also boosted tourism of the national park.

"She was engaged in various tiger operation including one at Rahmankhera in Lucknow, where with her help, a strayed away tiger was captured," Kaujlagi informed.

She is survived by her 18-year old offshoot.

And since Pushpakali gave birth on the day when the Indian Army liberated the Batalik top in Kashmir during the Kargil conflict in 1999, deciding on the name of the new-born could not have been more easy.

Yes, Batalik he was!

"Batalik name was given to the elephant to mark the victory of Indian Army," PP Singh, director of Etawah-based Lion Safari and then posted in Dudhwa told PTI

Now, Batalik is also giving his services at Dudhwa.

Part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Dudhwa National Park is a national park in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh.

Established in 1958 as a wildlife sanctuary for swamp deer. The area was notified as a national park in January 1977.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, December 12 2017. 13:40 IST