Wildlife turns peaceful as people stop encroaching forests amid COVID-19
Pathanamthitta: When the state has been put under lockdown over coronavirus outbreak, the wild animals became blessed with a peaceful life as human beings stopped intruding into their habitation. For many days, neither man nor any vehicle disturbed the wildlife here. Hence, animals are seen straying on the roads.
The road to Gavi, the ecotourism centre in Pathanamthitta, is found very calm. No vehicles are crossing through this road during lockdown.
A tranquil atmosphere is also reported in the forest range after Kiliyerinjamkallu checkpost. Small and huge wild animals are seen enjoying their peaceful life on both sides of the roads.
“Karithookkumannu-Veluthode road is stretched near Kakkattar River. While crossing through the road, a herd of wild elephants was spotted. After finding the vehicle, the herd retreated ino the forest. Animals including monkeys also managed to hide from the roads finding the vehicle approaching,” said driver Jinu who took a ride through the forest range along with Mathrubhumi reporters.
“It was really interesting to see a mother monkey crossing the road with its baby. At Chorakakky, I found a wild elephant herd and after seeing my car it hid inside the bamboo forest,” said the driver.
Wild animals on Sabarimala road
Wild animals also took over the road to Sabarimala temple. Animals are largely seen after crossing Laha here.
Two days back, a team of police officials were trapped before wild elephants near Chalakayam while returning from Pamba. They managed to escape from the animals by taking a U-turn.
A few days back, MLA KU Janeesh Kumar, who was returning to Seethathode from Gavi via Mundakayam, also had a narrow escape from wild elephants at Pancharamannu in Plappaly.