Wild elephant Chinna Thambi, which returned to Tirupur district after crossing River Amaravathi a couple of days ago, has stayed put near Sengazhanipudur and Kannadipudur villages, and is under the watch of the Forest Department and its kumkis .
According to sources, on the ninth day of tracking Chinna Thambi, after it ventured out of the Top Slip forest on January 31, the Forest Department officials tried to chase the jumbo from agriculture fields by bursting fire crackers, but it did not budge.
Two kumkis at the site
Later, when they tried to chase it back into the forest by using the kumkis , Kaleem and Mariappan, Chinna Thambi stayed put. In the afternoon, it moved back in to the sugarcane fields.
Then, the elephant continued moving between Sengazhanipudur and Kannadipudur, owing to the availability of food in farms.
The Forest Department’s strategy was to keep track of the wild elephant and gradually push it back into the forest, sources said.