In a recent development, the wild tusker named Arikomban was successfully tranquilized by the Tamil Nadu government on Monday. However, the exact location where Arikomban will be translocated remains undisclosed by the government.
Efforts to Find a Suitable Habitat for Arikomban
Supriya Sahu, the Additional Chief Secretary for Environment, Climate Change, and Forests in Tamil Nadu, stated that efforts are underway to identify a suitable habitat for the tranquilized tusker. Currently, a team of four doctors is closely monitoring the health of Arikomban. The Tamil Nadu forest department has also deployed three kumki elephants and three veterinarians to aid in capturing the elephant.
The Mystery of Arikomban’s Translocation Location
Despite the successful tranquilization, the Tamil Nadu government has chosen not to disclose the specific location where Arikomban will be translocated. The government’s silence has left the public curious about the future habitat of the wild tusker.
Protests Emerge Against Translocating Arikomban to Manimuthar Tiger Reserve
The people residing in Manimuthur Checkpost have initiated protests against the translocation of Arikomban to the Manimuthar Tiger Reserve. The residents argue that bringing the elephant to the Manimuthar area could lead to significant disruptions. Located in the Western Ghats, the Manimuthur forest range is home to approximately 300 families, particularly those employed in the Manchola tea estate.
Arikomban’s History and Previous Relocation
Arikomban, known for its affinity for rice, was previously captured by the Kerala government in the Chinnakanal forest range of Idukki district. It was then relocated to the Periyar Tiger Reserve on April 29. The recent tranquilization of Arikomban in Tamil Nadu was prompted by an incident where the tusker went on a rampage in Theni, resulting in the unfortunate death of a Cumbum resident named Paulraj.
A Call to Avoid Labeling Wild Animals as ‘Rogue’
Supriya Sahu made an appeal to the media, urging them not to brand wild animals as ‘rogue.’ She emphasized that these animals find themselves caught in conflict situations and experience similar stress and vulnerability as humans. Sahu emphasized the importance of understanding the circumstances in which they are caught, emphasizing that they are not at fault.
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