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Tusker tramples forest guard to death

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Guard was an expert in driving elephants back into forests; he had studied their behaviour pattern

A 25-year-old tusker that strayed out of the forests trampled a 53-year old forest guard to death and left a couple of persons injured, near Madukkarai, on the outskirts of Coimbatore, on Monday.

Forest guard D. Muthusamy was trampled to death by the tusker when he got too close to the animal. Muthusamy, who had over 30 years of service, was a frontline staffer in tracking elephants.

According to Booluvampatti Range Officer C. Dinesh Kumar, who led the operations over the last one week: “Muthusamy had studied the behaviour pattern of elephants extensively and was an expert in driving them back in to the forests.”

Curious onlookers

When the news of the lone tusker straying out of the forest spread, a crowd of curious onlookers gathered and posed a tough time to the forest team in carrying out operations. When Muthusamy got a little too close to the tusker, it trampled him.

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