Chennai, June 6 (BPNS)
The rogue tusker, Arikomban which was tranquilized and captured yesterday by the Tamil Nadu forest department was released in the deep forests in Upper Kothayar forest area near Manimuthar in Tamil Nadu.
The Chief Wild Life warden of Tamil Nadu, K. Srinivas Reddy told media persons that the elephant was released into the forest on Tuesday early morning. He said, “ The elephant is healthy’.
However sources in the Tamil Nadu forest department team that was catering to the elephant since its capture told BPNS that the wound in the trunk was a bit deep and the department has already given proper medication to the animal.
Four veterinarians from the Tamil Nadu forest department was also with the forest department team and according to sources in the department the elephant was administered medication before it was released in deep forests.
It may be noted that yesterday while the elephant was brought to towards the Manimuthar forest checkpost in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu on Monday evening, there were protests from a section of people against the animal being brought to the area.
According to forest department officials, ‘Arikomban’ was weak as it had been tranquilized two times with eight darts in the past 38 days. The animal was relocated from Chinnakanal in the Idukki district of Kerala on April 29 after it was darted and tranquilized and relocated in Periyar Tiger Force (PTR).