Chennai , June 25( BPNS)
The rogue wild Tusker, ‘Arikomban’ captured by the Tamil Nadu forest department near Cumbum in Theni district and relocated in Forest range in Kalakad Tiger Reserve in Tirunelveli district is healthy.
Deputy Director of Kalakad Tiger Reserve, S. Sembaka Priya while speaking to media persons said that the elephant was healthy . She countered certain social media posts that depicted the elephant to be frail and weak. She said that the photograph that was circulating in social media said that the elephant was found frail as the photograph was taken from a distant angle.
The Deputy Director of Kalakad Tiger Reserve said that the elephant was stationed in the same forest area where it was relocated and added that the elephant was taking proper food and was drinking water also.
It may be noted that wild Tusker ‘Arikomban’ was first captured by the Kerala forest department and from Chinnakanal in Idukki district of Kerala in May 2023 after widespread complaints against the elephant destroying ration shops and eating away rice.
The elephant was relocated at Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. However, the elephant ventured into Tamil Nadu borders and one day reached Cumbum town. Frightened at the site of ‘Arikomban ‘ in Cumbum town, people ran here and there. In the milieu, a 57-year-old man fell down from the two-wheeler which he was driving leading to a head injury and subsequent death.
The elephant was tranquilized and captured and relocated at Kalakad Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu.