Marayoor: Animal rights activists are worried over fixing a radio collar on the wild elephant ‘Chinna Thambi’ which may pose a threat to its life. The forest department nabbed the elephant which strayed into human settlements on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border.
Six months back, Maharaja, a wild tusker was fitted with radio collar and released in the forest range. But this jumbo was found dead later. It is reported that the elephant died due to the injuries sustained from its attempt to remove the radio collar. It got injured when it hit the trees to remove the radio collar. It is also alleged that excess use of tranquilizer also led to its death.
Presently, Chinna Thambi also tries to remove the radio collar like Maharaja. It was found hitting its neck on trees to remove the radio collar.
The animal lovers are worried that Chinna Thambi will meet the same fate of Maharaja.
The 25-year-old jumbo fitted with a radio-collar was translocated from the outskirts of Coimbatore to Varagaliar by forest department personnel on January 25, but within days, it ventured into human habitation again. It is reported that Chinna Thambi is in search of its family which was separated from him when forest officials captured him.