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Tusker on a day out in Marudamalai- Vadavalli area

V.S. Palaniappan
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Officials use crackers to push the tusker back into jungle

Battle of nerves: A lone tusker seen behind Bharathiar University in Coimbatore on Sunday. — Photo: K. Ananthan.
Battle of nerves: A lone tusker seen behind Bharathiar University in Coimbatore on Sunday. — Photo: K. Ananthan.

Forest Department officials heaved a sigh of relief early on Sunday after pushing back into the forests near Marudamalai a herd of six elephants, including calves that wandered into human habitations in Kalappanaickenpalayam area on Saturday.

But, the relief was short-lived. A tusker aged around 25 engaged them on Sunday in yet another battle of nerves. As it is a loner, people have been told of its ability to cause trouble.

On Saturday, the herd marched right from the foothills of Marudamalai to Somayampalayam in Thadagam area and wandered all over the place before the forest officials closed in on it and employed a variety of measures to drive them back into the jungles at the crack of dawn.

Then came the information that a lone tusker was noticed near Bharathiar University, close to Yamuna Nagar and Kalappanaickenpalayam on Sunday.

Conservator of Forests V.T. Kandasamy and District Forest Officer V. Thirunavukkarasu mobilised the anti-depredation and anti-poaching watchers to check the movement of the pachyderm further into more human habitations.

The officials also mobilised search lights, focus lights, drums and crackers to push the tusker back into the jungle.

Late on Sunday evening, the officials noticed the tusker near Bommanampalayam and IOB colony and with the Reserve Forest boundary close by the officials were confident of getting the tusker back into its habitat latest by Sunday midnight. A closer look at the tusker revealed that it was the one that strayed even up to Vadavalli Uzhavar Sandhai recently.

Vigil and effort continued till late into the night.

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