Kunnathoor temple elephant, known for gentle manners, gets his tusks trimmed
Mannar: When Thrissur-native Smithesh carefully cut down his long beautiful tusks, Kunnathoor Ramu did not get upset or even move an inch.
Ramu, the 27-year-old elephant, belongs to the Kunnathoor Devi Temple at Mannar in Alappuzha district. He is well known for calm demeanour and had won the title of ‘Santhaswaroopan Gajarajan’ from the Travancore Maharaja in 2004.
His left tusk measured 103 centimetre while his right one was 105 centimetre long. Smithesh with the help of a hacksaw blade carefully clipped his left and right tusks by 13 centimetres and 17 centimetres respectively.
It was done in the presence of Forest-Wildlife protection officers on Monday.
Ramu is a very friendly elephant who can be approached by anyone even when he is in a state of musth (madappadu).
His tusks had grown so big that he was unable to pick up food items from ground. Also, the long tusks were creating difficulty for mahouts during transportation. It is for these reasons that his tusks were clipped, Kunnathoor Devaswom President Sunil Shradheyam said.