Low vision, injury on trunk: Here's what forest dept’s report says about Arikomban’s health

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Kochi: The report readied by the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) under the Kerala forest department has shed light on the health condition of rogue tusker Arikomban, which has been translocated from Idukki’s Chinnakanal to Periyar Tiger Reserve.

The report is of the condition of the tusker during the time of capture. According to the report, the tusker has low vision in the right eye. Trunk and body were seen injured, the report noted. The preliminary assumption is that the tusker suffered injuries during its conflict with another rogue elephant that goes by the moniker 'Chakka Komban'. Otherwise, the tusker is healthy.

Meanwhile, Arikomban was released into the Periyar Tiger Reserve reportedly after giving treatment for the injuries.

Arikomban, which had struck terror among the local populace, raiding local shops and gobbling up rice, was shifted by forest officials to Periyar Tiger Reserve a few days ago after being captured from the forested parts of the Chinnakanal area.

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