Official ban on parading of Thechikottukavu Ramachandran
Thrissur: Kerala’s tallest tusker Thechikottukavu Ramachandran will not be taken for parading at functions. The Chief Wildlife Warden has issued an order banning the elephant from parading called ‘Ezhunellippu’.
The order noted that the elephant has health problems and is not fit to be taken for public functions including temple festivals.
On February 8, two people were killed after Ramachandran ran amok after being disturbed by firecrackers at a house warming function in Guruvayur. The authority banned the elephant from functions after receiving a complaint on the tragic deaths in Guruvayur.
According to the complaint, the elephant was not taken for a medical check-up under a veterinary surgeon before parading at the function at Guruvayur. Heritage Animal Task Force chief secretary and chief wildlife warden received the complaint.
A five-member committee examined the elephant and reported that it is not fit.
The chief wildlife warden has sent the order attached with this report to Thrissur district collector.
Thechikottukavu Ramachandran is the star among the elephants and favourite of elephant lovers. This tusker has been taken for the ceremonial opening of Thekke Gopuranada of Vadakkumnathan temple during Thrissur Pooram for last few years.
At the same time, in 2015, an attempt was made to kill the tusker by adding blade in rice which was kept to feed it.