It is bad news to see such loving young baby elephants like this being separated from their mothers and herds every day. There are several thousands of elephants around the island, and they migrate from area to area regularly making it hard to document and spot their relevant herds. They end up wandering alone or chasing other small animals for fun to be finally get separated from the herd. This has been the case with many curious young elephants that are too playful to around their parents.
Whenever these brave wildlife department officers receive a call regarding elephants, they act fast to make sure they are safe and are away from human predators seeking to capture them. When they save such young elephants, they provide food and shelter until they come up with the plan to find their family or take them to a place like an elephant orphanage home where plenty of young elephants roam in a massive secure area with no danger or difficulty.
Introducing a baby elephant into a new herd is a risky task, as they might risk that baby elephants life. So they take them to a familiar sized young elephant group under their watch. These baby elephants will receive much-needed care as such places are directly funded by people who visit to care for them. They receive plenty of milk and food to be healthy as well.
These officers are here to take care of this baby elephant and to take it back to Udawalawa Ath Athuru Sewana, a place made for elephants who are displaced and are unable to survive in the jungle for many different reasons. These officers were kind enough to provide milk and give it a good clean wash before taking the cute elephant to the location. We can only hope that the wildlife department will get enough support and funding to have more staff to monitor herds so they can keep track of elephants that get separated from their herds.