Lost signals from Arikomban’s radio collar restored; Tusker located near TN border 

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Idukki: The signals emitted from the radio collar fitted on rogue tusker ‘Arikomban’, which was translocated from Chinnakanal to Periyar Tiger Reserve, were reinstated on Wednesday after the elephant entered the Kerala - Tamil Nadu border.

As per latest reports, Arikomban is currently spotted at Mullakkodi region near Tamil Nadu borders. The tusker has travelled around 20 kilometres in the last three days.

The radio collar signals were lost on Tuesday night owing to adverse weather conditions. Heavy rains had lashed the eastern parts of Idukki district the other day. This could have led to the disruption of collar signals.

Furthermore, signals can get interrupted if the jumbo moves into densely forested areas.

‘Arikomban’, who had terrorised the residents of Chinnakanal and nearby areas, was translocated to Periyar on April 29 following ardent efforts by a task force led by chief veterinary surgeon Dr Arun Zachariyah.

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