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Wildlife SOS starts campaign to rescue elephant calf from 'traffickers'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A wildlife protection group has started a campaign to rescue a six-year-old female calf from alleged animal traffickers in and reunite her with her sister at a conservation and care centre in

The calf, named Suman, was bought "illegally" from a circus in before the elephants there were seized as per government orders, said a statement from

"Purchase and sale of is banned under the Indian law. Also, no can be moved from one state to another without a valid transit permit from both states. But the calf was moved to and is now under the possession of animal traffickers," it said.

Suman is a sibling of eight-year-old Peanut, both mothered by Chanda, who was rescued by in 2015 and is now at the group's elephant conservation and care centre in

The has informed the forest department about the calf, yet no action has been taken to rescue her, the group said in a statement.

"Suman is a helpless elephant calf separated from her mother. We are reaching out to our supporters and elephant lovers across the world to stand strong for Suman and ensure her future is safe with us and that she is reunited with her sister, Peanut," said Kartick Satyanarayan, of

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 19:25 IST