Koodalmanikyam temple festival: Elephants undergo fitness test
Iringalakkuda: Elephants to be paraded for the Koodalmanikyam temple festival underwent fitness tests. Officers from Forest and Wildlife Protection departments conducted the tests at Kottilakkaykkal on Thursday.
The teams led by range forest officers Sumu Skaria and veterinary surgeon P.A. Baburaj inspected 24 elephants. Micro chipping, database and fitness certificate of the tuskers were checked, said the officers. The fitness test inspected their health, history of violent behaviour etc. Elephants will be checked every three days.
On the days of the festival, officers from both the departments will be present. Deputy range officer Muhammed Sheriff, forest officers Baburaj, Jayakumar, M.P Sasikumar, Arun Kumar, doctors Giridas, Satheesh Kumar, Suresh, Jose, Pushkaran, John Kandamkulathi, Cijo Joseph, Kiran Menon, Pixon Pinhiro, K. T. Sivadas, sajesh, Jomi John, Mishanadh, Rajeev and Lakshmi were part of the inspection team.