The under-10-year-old cow elephant Masini left the Forest Department’s elephant camp in Theppakadu in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve for Samayapuram temple. On Saturday evening, Masini boarded the lorry to Coimbatore, said sources.
The Forest Department would house Masini at its Chadivayal camp for 15 days where the elephant would meet her new caretakers - mahouts from the Samayapuram Mariamman Temple. The mahouts would also use the opportunity to train the elephant to obey their commands and learn some tips from Bomman, its present handler.
The Forest Department had rescued Masini as a calf in Kargudi, near Mudumalai, after finding her emaciated and separated from the herd.
The elephant first came under the care of Manban, who moved over to train another elephant in the camp. Manban’s son-in-law Bomman took charge of the elephant and had been her Mahout since then.
After 15 days, the Department would move the elephant to Samayapuram, the sources added.