Life without Sreejith is difficult for tusker Prasad
Naduvannur: Mahout Sreejith passed away, leaving tusker Thalappu Prasad alone. With Sreejith’s death, we can no longer catch the sight of them attending festivals together.
Sreejith returned home the other day after the ‘Ezhunnallathu’ ceremony at Aadikadalayi temple. The friendship between the tusker and the mahout is famous all around the area. The friendship has also inspired a lot of elephant lovers. Sreejith's father was also a mahout. He followed his father’s footsteps soon after his fifth standard. Inspired by Sreejith, more than 20 youngsters, including his brother, took to tending elephants and are working across the state. There is also a collective, working under his leadership, to tackle elephants that gets violent.
Sreejith has led different tuskers from a young age including Cherppulasheri Manikandan, Pattambi Shivashankaran, etc. He became a mahout at the age of 17.
Prasad was born in the forests of Karnataka. He was presented to Lord Sundareswara at the age of 5. Prasad is termed as the most ‘complete’ looking elephant in all of Northern Kerala.