Presence of 'Arikomban' near human settlements puts Meghamalai residents on toes

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Arikomban, Tamil newspaper report | Photo: Mathrubhumi news / Screengrab

Meghamalai (Tamil Nadu): The visuals of the rogue elephant ‘Arikomban’, which was translocated from Chinnakanal to Periyar Tiger Reserve, have emerged. In the visuals, the jumbo is seen roaming around the Meghamalai region in Tamil Nadu and later walking toward the tiger reserve.

Interestingly, a few dailies in Tamil Nadu have published reports of wild elephant attacks near the Meghamalai region. Some parts of a labourer's house were destroyed in the attack.

Following this, the Tamil Nadu forest department has directed residents of the region to remain vigilant. However, no official communication has not yet stated that Arikomban was behind the attack.

Meanwhile, Arikomban is currently being monitored by the Tamil Nadu forest department too. Earlier, Tamil Nadu had raised objections against the move to translocate the elephant near the state borders.

As per the latest radio collar reports, the jumbo, which was earlier spotted in Tamil Nadu, is now moving towards Kerala. It has traversed more than 40 kms in the last four days.

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