Two injured after elephants enter house in Gudalur (India)


The Hindu

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A father and his son were injured after an elephant and a calf entered into their house at Vilangur near Nilakottai, Gudalur on late Wednesday night.

Police sources identified the two injured persons as N. Prabhakaran and his son P. Praveen.

On late Wednesday night, a female elephant and her calf had come to their house to forage for food.

The female adult was said to have damaged the front door while it tired to enter.

As Prabhakaran and his family began shouting for help, the elephants fled into the forest.

C Manoharan, Forest Range Officer, Bitherkad Range, said that some of the bricks from the house fell on Prabhakaran and his son Praveen.

They sustained injuries to their legs and were rushed to the Gudalur Government Hospital and from there to Sultan Bathery in Wayanad in Kerala. Both suffered minor injuries and were discharged from hospital, forest officials said.

Forest department officials visited the village on late Wednesday night and searched for the elephants so that they could be chased into the forests.

The animals had already moved away by then.

On Thursday, they visited the family along with the Village Administrative Officer and promised compensation for the damage to Prabhakaran’s house.