RRT members captured PM 2 to join Dhoni team searching for PT 7; 'new friends' of elephant a worry

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Palakkad: The PT 7 (Palakkad Tusker 7) has again spread fear in the residential areas of Dhoni here on Tuesday morning. This time, two more wild elephants also accompanied PT 7.

The natives and the forest rapid response team worked for two hours to return them to the forest.

The herd entered the residential area from Appakkad at around 6.30 am. Two kumki elephants brought from Muthanga reserve were already searching for them. However, the herd arrived from another side of the forest.

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The herd entered agricultural lands and a rubber plantation while the RRT tried to send them back to the forest by making loud noises.

The herd passed through the Indira Nagar colony too. They were forced to return to the forest by 8.30 am.

The whole RRT team is behind the elephant, said the forest assistant conservator.

It is assumed that capturing PT 7 will become more difficult since it has found ‘new friends’. It is believed that the two elephants accompanying PT 7 belong to the herd that was seen in the Dhoni area. They could also be part of the herd that destroyed the Malampuzha farm.

A section of team members of the RRT that captured the PM 2 (Pandalur Makhna 2) elephant from Sultan Bathery would join the Dhoni team on Wednesday. The chief forest veterinary officer Arun Sakaria who was injured while capturing PM 2 will also join the team as soon as he recovers.

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