Arikomban | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Idukki: Tamil Nadu Forest Department is monitoring the movement of the wild tusker 'Arikomban' in the Periyar Tiger Reserve near the Kerala-TN border. The forest officials are worried that the elephant might wander into the human settlement in Tamil Nadu once it crosses the state border.
As per the latest reports, an elephant that arrived from Chinnakanal on Saturday is currently in the vicinity of the border areas and is expected to head towards the Vannathiparai region. The nearest human settlement in Tamil Nadu is located just over 5 km from Vannathiparai. However, there are also indications that the elephant may move in the opposite direction and return to the forest region in Kerala.
Meanwhile, the elephant is slowly regaining health after forest officials fired five tranquiliser shots to translocate it to PTR.
The tusker was tranquilised on Saturday evening and transported by truck to the tiger reserve. The operation to dart the elephant began early Saturday morning, and after more than 12 hours, it was tranquilised.