Overgrown tusks make life hard for Ganapati; forest officials play their game too
Edappal: An elephant which was transported in a lorry for several kilometres to get its trunk trimmed legally was sent back by the Forest Department officials in the last minute. The tusker was taken for a makeover as per the instruction of the forest officials. The officials asked the mahouts to bring the elephant next week but the timely intervention prevented them from returning.
Ganapati, the tusker belonging to the Kottayam Bharananganam Devaswom, was finding it difficult with its overgrown and elongated tusks. Though the Devaswom officials contacted the Forest officials, it was directed that the Nilambur Social Forestry Department must find a solution as the first owner of the tusker is a Malappuram native. Permission was given later to trim the length of the tusks.
The district social forestry department promised they would be present and wanted the tusker to reach Edappal on Thursday. Mahouts Ratheesh and 3 others along with the elephant left Kottayam in a lorry hired by Devaswom. The lorry reached the Kallanikkavu temple premises on Thursday early morning at 1 ‘0 clock.
The tusker was even finding it difficult to alight from the lorry. The mahouts were informed by 11 am that the officials could not be present and hence wanted the elephant to be brought next week.
When arrangements were being made to transport the elephant back to the truck, social activist Basheer Annakambad sought the attention of the minister and forest officials. With the timely intervention, it was decided not to take the elephant back and direction was issued to trim the tusk on Friday. The mahouts heaved a sigh of relief after this.