Guruvayur Kesavan being examined by expert team
Guruvayur: The ban enforced on tuskers Guruvayur Padmanabhan and Valiya Kesavan to be paraded outside will continue. The decision was taken after an examination by a team of experts of forest department after 60 days of ban.
The ban on two tuskers was enforced by the forest department on December 7 citing foot disease for Padmanabhan and tuberculosis for Kesavan.
Gaja Ratnam Padmanabhan has been granted permission to be paraded, with restrictions, at Guruvayur temple. The tusker shouldn’t be paraded between 10 am and 4 pm. Also it can be taken for only three parades per week. Valiya Kesavan, however, will be allowed outside only after the treatment.
The health experts, including chief of University of Veterinary Hospital Dr Shyam Venugopal, Forest veterinary Surgeons Dr David Abraham and Dr Kishore have submitted the report that it can be allowed outside once treatment is over.
The expert team expressed satisfaction on the treatment provided to the two tuskers. The registers of both treatment and food were examined. Apart from palm leaves, grass, banana stem, dates, milk and flattened rice are also included in their diet. The foot disease has been completely cured.
A meeting will be convened under wildlife warden on Thursday at Thiruvananthapuram to discuss the report.