Chinna Thambi in search of family; Forest officials in dilemma
Marayoor: Chinna Thambi, the wild elephant which has been straying on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border for the last 6 days, continued to camp at Amaravathi. The sight of the elephant, which is in search of its family, became a painful sight for the animal lovers. It left the forest officials baffled as their efforts to tame it as captive elephant failed and Chinna Thambi still refuses to return to the forest.
However, the wild elephant is not posing any threat to the villagers here. Chinna Thambi looked too weak.
The forest department nabbed the elephant from Chinnathadakam area in Coimbatore with the help of Kumki elephants after receiving complaint from the people of the village. The female elephant and baby elephant which accompanied Chinna Thambi were shooed away by the Kumki elephants.
Chinna Thambi was tranquilised and taken in a lorry to be released into the forest in Topspill forest range. But though the forest officials released it, the elephant walked back from the forest within two days. After walking over 100 kilometers, Chinna Thambi reached Amaravathi, a village on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in search of its lost family.
The elephant sustained severe injuries when it was taken by the forest officials.
The Tamil Nadu forest department withdrew the plan to tame it as a captive elephant after the High Court challenged it. The plan to tame it as captive elephant failed after Chinna Thambi befriended Kumki elephants.
It is reported that the elephant never hurt any people or caused damage to any property in the village. It only takes the food it needs to survive.
The High Court will hear the case on February 11 and the forest department will arrive at a decision as per the verdict.
However, environmentalists demanded that Chinna Thambi be let to live in its natural habitat.