Vallabhan waiting for tusk trimming with 1.5 metre long tusks
Malayinkeezhu (Thiruvananthapuram): Tusker Vallabhan of Malayinkeezhu Sreekrishnaswamy Temple is struggling to hold his head high literally after the tusks grew longer and heavier. He is unable to take food due to the long tusks and is waiting for tusk trimming.
It was in 2002, Tranvancore Devaswom Board and the local residents purchased him from Palakkad and gifted to Malayinkeezhu Sreekrishnaswamy temple. Vallabhan had already made headlines with his skill to hold painting brush with trunk and draw pictures on board since the age of 5. Now he is about 26 years old.
In 2014, 'Mathrubhumi' had reported the struggle of Vallabhan after his tusks grew heavier. Following this, the Devaswom Board and Forest Department trimmed his long tusks. Now the tusks have grown to a length of 1.5 metres and Vallabhan is in trouble again.
The tusker is able to carry only half the load that he used to carry earlier. While lying down, the tusks rub against the ground causing difficulties. Action was initiated to trim the tusks in February 2019. However, the process was stopped as the elephant was on musth.
Later, Devaswom Board forwarded a letter to the Forest Department requesting to continue with tusk trimming. But they could not proceed with it as COVID lockdown was imposed by then. Now Vallabhan and elephant lovers in the area are waiting for the Forest department's decision on the matter.