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Effective monitoring: A team of veterinarians implanting a microchip on Bhavani, a female elephant of Sri Ramanathasamy Temple in Rameswaram.
Effective monitoring: A team of veterinarians implanting a microchip on Bhavani, a female elephant of Sri Ramanathasamy Temple in Rameswaram.

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An effort to prevent misuse of pachyderms in the State

RAMANATHAPURAM: Here comes a way of regularising and registering elephants by implanting microchip on the animals. Henceforth, no elephant can be nurtured in captivity without getting microchip certificates.

A team of veterinarians implanted a microchip, a bio compatible material, on 46-year-old Bhavani, a female elephant of Sri Ramanathasamy Temple in Rameswaram on Tuesday, which seemed to be a painless act as she did not show any aggression.

Tamil Nadu is one of the states for having the largest population of captive elephants. The Forest Department has 23 and 25 domesticated elephants in Top Slip in Coimbatore district and Mudumalai in the Nilgiris district respectively. Similarly, a few elephants are in zoological parks particularly at Vandalur. The rest are under the control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments and private owners.

Four months

“All captive elephants, including department elephants, in the State would be brought under the microchip registration method. The process initiated by Chief Wildlife Warden, Dr. Sukhdev of the Forest Department will be completed within 4 months,” N.S. Manoharan, Forest Veterinary Officer, Coimbatore, told The Hindu on Tuesday.

He said that implanting of microchip would be done on the left ear of all captive elephants. The microchip would bear a 10-digit number. A proforma for each elephant would also be prepared. This would contain information such as the animal’s age, sex, name, owner’s name, measurement, identification marks and others.

Three teams of veterinarians were formed to implement the project all over the State. The project would serve the department to manage the domesticated elephants in a better way. Illegal possession of elephants, ill treatment and misuse of elephants could be prevented.

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