Chennai, July 31 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu forest department on Monday early morning captured, a Makhna elephant which was destroying crops at Saralapathy near Pollachi district. Officials told BPNS that the captured Makhana would be released at Chinnakalar near Valparai.
Interestingly this is the third time the same elephant has been captured by the Tamil Nadu forest department within the past six months. The Makhana was captured for the first time in February 2023 from Dharmapuri and later relocated to Varagaliyur in Ulanthy forest range. The animal after a few months came to the city limits of Perur and was captured and released deep in the forest in Manambolly. However has now reached the Saralapathy forest range from where it is captured and will soon be released in deep forests.
A team of veterinarians including A. Sugumar of Coimbatore, E. Vijayaraghavan of Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Sridhar of Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve and Rajesh Kumar of Madumalai Tiger Reserve tranquilized the Makhna elephant during early morning hours of Monday.
Tamil Nadu forest department officials told BPNS that the animal was captured using tribes who are experts in handling elephants with the support of Kumki elephants. The elephant, according to an official of the forest department was regularly destroying crops at Saralapathy.