Pekanbaru (ANTARA News) - Riau`s Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) has sent a team to Bala Raja town in Mandau subdistrict, Bengkalis district, to take charge of tree wild elephants reportedly blocking an access road to a housing complex.

"We dispatched a team this morning," a BBKSDA spokesperson, Hutomo, said here Monday.

The agency had earlier received a report that an adult elephant and two calves had been blocking the road to Cendana housing complex in Balai Raja, Mandau sub-district, Bengkalis district since Sunday (March 19).

The giant animals were seen lying on the road making residents afraid to enter the housing complex.

The two calves appeared to be very weak and d in poor health while the adult elephant was watching over them.

"We are going to check whether the two young elephants health condition was the main reason that they are resting on the road to the housing complex," he said.

The elephants would be taken directly to the elephant training center in Minas, Siak district, if they proved to be ill, Hutomo said.

"To do that, the elephants will be given a tranquilizer shot before transporting them the elephant center," he said.

Elephants presence in front of the Cendana housing complex attracted the attention of many passers-by who were thrilled by the rare sighting of three elephants lying on the ground. (*)

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