Gujarat: Herd of 13 blue bulls fall into Narmada canal in Surendranagar, 5 drown
Five blue bulls were killed after a herd of 13 animals fell in the Morbi Branch canal near the village of Rajsitapur in Dhrangadhra taluka in Surendranagar, forestry officials said on Wednesday.
The herd fell into the Narmada Project irrigation canal around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, said SS Asoda, the deputy forest conservator (DCF) of the wild ass sanctuary in Dhrangadhra. “Our team rushed to the scene and launched a rescue operation. However, some of the blue bulls could not be saved, ”DCF said. The area where the incident took place is the revenue area.
“We managed to save eight blue bulls and get them out of the canal. However, five others died. We fished carcasses from two in the morning. Three carcasses were trapped in a siphon. We recovered two on Tuesday evening. But one of them is still trapped in the structure and efforts are underway to recover it, ”said Karim Multani, rangeland forest manager at Dhrangadhra Wildlife Reserve.
Forestry officers said the herd of herbivores could have accidentally fallen into or pushed into the canal. “They could have slipped into the canal trying to drink water or been chased and led into the canal by those they might disturb. We are investigating the matter, ”Multani said.
Blu bulls, locally called gay nil, are the largest antelopes in Gujarat. They freely roam the forest and income zone across Gujarat. They also tend to attack standing crops and farmers chase them away.
This is the first reported incident of such a large herd falling into the canal.