PT-7 renamed as 'Dhoni', to be trained by Kumki elephants

Palakkad: After days of relentless efforts, the rapid response team that entered the Dhoni forest region managed to capture troublemaker Palakkad Tusker (PT 7) on Sunday. The elephant will now be known as 'Dhoni', announced forest minister AK Saseendran.

With the help of Kumki elephants, the tranquilised tusker was guided into a lorry and was moved to a special cage constructed using Eucalyptus trees arranged in Dhoni. At one point, PT 7 even tried attacking one of the Kumki elephants.

The wild tusker will be trained here with the help of Kumki elephants. The tusker will not be allowed to leave the cage for three months.

Meanwhile, the locals expressed joy with the capture of the tusker that only gifted them sleepless nights. Unlike other wild tuskers that enter human settlements, PT 7 was not bothered by the use of crackers, torch lights or solar fencing to scare him back to the forest. PT 7 also damaged crops.

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