Kollam family sells livestock after wild elephant tragedy, while in jail; leopard preys on cattle

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Cattle shed at Shivadasan's house in Punnala wearing a deserted look.

Punnala: A Punnala family was forced to sell their livestock after their arrest in the death of a wild elephant.

Sivadasan, his wife Susheela and daughter Smitha (a government employee) were arrested, after an electric fence laid by them for protecting their livestock, ended up killing a wild elephant.

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The family has been engaged in dairy farming over the last two and half decades. The attack of wild animals was frequent in the area, which forced them to install a fence.

However their arrest has put their livelihood at stake. Their cattle shed now looks deserted. The shed which earlier housed 12 cows (including calves), and 2 buffaloes, now has only four cows. The family was forced to sell their livestock, one after another, following their arrest.

Sivadasan’s son who works in Ernakulam, was away from home during their arrest. With no one to care for them, they starved for days. To make things worse, a cow was attacked and taken away by a leopard from the shed, which lies in close proximity to the forest region.

Sivadasan was forced to opt for dairy farming after he was left with very few options due to the constant threat from wild animals in the region. His family earned a living selling milk.

“My father is very sad at the moment. But in the current situation, there is no choice but to sell these livestock,” says Sivadasan’s son.

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