Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: Masilamani (23) of Kannappa Nagar in Rathinapuri here was trampled to death by a wild elephant near Vaidegi falls in Alandurai area on Friday evening.

According to forest and police sources, the youth, along with three of his friends, had gone on a picnic to the waterfalls on Tamil New Year's day.

While returning, they were chased by a wild elephant, moving with its calf. While the others managed to escape, Masilamani was trampled by the elephant.

On the spot

He died on the spot. Since the elephant stood by Masilamani's body for several hours, the officials could recover the body only on Saturday morning.