Kumki elephants return to Topslip (State of Tamil Nadu, India)


R. Arivanantham, The Hindu

Date Published

Two Kumki elephants returned to Topslip in Ulandhi Forest Range (Anamalai Tiger Reserve) in Coimbatore Division on Friday morning after successfully taming a lone forest elephant in Kerala.

The two Kumki elephants – Kalim (55) and Venkatesh (42) – were taken to Devikulam range in Moonar Forest Division in Kerala for taming a forest elephant that was roaming around the residential area for over a week.

Based on a request received from the Kerala Forest Department, the Chief Conservator of Forest, Tamil Nadu, had deputed a 13-member team led by the Wildlife Veterinary Officer N.S. Manoharan.

The team included a veterinary assistant and forest guards.

A forest official said that that the two elephants were taken to Moonar Division on July 21 and were used for taming the lone elephant for five days. It was tranquillized and was let deep inside the forest area, the official added.