The male elephant that was injured in a fight with a herd on Saturday near Narasipuram is regaining health, says M.S. Parthiban, Ranger, Booluvampatti Range.

Speaking to The Hindu he said that the elephant – as of 3 p.m. Sunday – had moved around the forest and was near the Vetaikaran Koil, two km east of the forest boundary.

The Forest Department staff had stopped feeding the elephant after it started revolting against human presence. “Unlike Saturday when the elephant, after the attack, was passive and let the Department staff feed bananas, medicines, coconut branches, etc., on Sunday it did not relish human presence and trumpeted in protest.”

This was a healthy sign, Mr. Parthiban said and added that a team of guard, watcher and three anti-depredation members were monitoring the animals. It would continue to do so for the next couple of days.

He also said that the herd that attacked the lone, male elephant was away at least three km from where this elephant was.

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