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Tusks of temple elephant to be pruned

Temple elephant Jayarajan tethered in the courtyard of the Sreevallabha temple at Thiruvalla on Thursday. —Photo: Leju Kamal

Temple elephant Jayarajan tethered in the courtyard of the Sreevallabha temple at Thiruvalla on Thursday. —Photo: Leju Kamal  

Long tusks pose difficulties for it in taking food

The Travancore Devaswom Board and the government agencies concerned have finally shown mercy to the captive elephant, Jayarajan, of the Thiruvalla Sreevallabha Temple.

The TDB has decided to prune the disproportionately long tusks of the captive elephant after a year-long wait following protests of the Temple Advisory Committee (TAC) and devotees.

The long tusks that restrict the movement of the trunk have been posing difficulties for the pachyderm in taking food.

TAC secretary Vinodkumar Chuttiyil told The Hindu that the devaswom authorities had forwarded the request for pruning the tusks to the Forest Department a year ago.

The inordinate delay on the part of the Forest Department in giving approval for pruning the tusks has been posing difficulties for Jayarajan in taking food, he said.

Devaswom manager Gireeshkumar said the Forest Department had cleared the TDB plea for pruning the tusks and the order had already been forwarded from the office of the Deputy Devaswom Commissioner in Pathanamthitta.

Mr. Gireeshkumar said that pruning of the tusks would be held at the temple courtyard on September 17 under the supervision of officials attached to the TDB, Forest Department and the Animal Husbandry Department.

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