Tusker sculpture in Guruvayur elephant camp yet to be fixed
Guruvayur: The ‘elephant’ that was kicked down by tusker Valiya Vishnu at the elephant camp here has been lying down for months to get the insurance amount. Two weeks ago, Rs 1.5 lakh was given by the insurance company. Still the ‘elephant’ remains on the ground.
The life-like sculpture of elephant was given as offering by a devotee from Cherpulassery in 2019. The 4-feet tall sculpture was constructed at the cost of Rs 4 lakh. It was mounted on a platform in front of the camp.
The ‘little elephant’ grabbed eyeballs of the visitors. However, the tuskers in the camp did not like the sculpture. Despite the efforts of mahouts, the elephants tried to attack it several times. Tusker Valiya Vishnu gored the sculpture on March 29. The sculpture fell down in the attack.
However, the fallen sculpture was not erected even after days. The Devaswom authorities had insured the sculpture along with other elephants. It was decided that the sculpture should not be removed until the insurance company officials completed inspection.
As the insurance amount was disbursed, the PWD of the Devaswom is in charge of erecting the sculpture. But the confusions about mounting the sculpture in the camp again continues. The expert committee opined that the elephants likely to attack it again if it is fixed in the camp.