TN forest department's vehicle carrying rice for Arikomban, Arikomban | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Cumbum: In some good news for Arikomban, the lone wild tusker which had been wreaking havoc in Cumbum and adjoining areas, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department on Friday arranged food for the elephant in various areas of the forest. As per reports, food including rice, jaggery and bunches of banana have been arranged in the reserve forest for the tusker.
“Arikomban is currently inside the reserve forest near the dam in Shanmukha river. He is completely healthy and finds food from nearby agricultural plantations at night. The wound on its trunk was not caused due to human intervention,” Cumbum MLA Ramakrishnan told Mathrubhumi News.
“Arikomban appeared tired in the next few days after it went on a rampage in Cumbum. However, the forest department is now arranging food items for the tusker to take care of its health,” he added.
As of now, a team of 300 officers are monitoring the elephant in two shifts. The jumbo is presently near hilly regions. It will be darted only after receding to the plains.
“The current priority is to prevent the elephant from entering residential areas. If it retreats to Megamalai dense forests, then further action might not be taken,” Ramakrishnan said.
Arikomban, which posed a threat to the residents of Chinnakanal in Idukki, was translocated to Periyar Tiger Reserve on April 29. Following which, the jumbo went on roaming around various regions including Megamalai in Tamil Nadu.