Kumki Kapil Dev replaces Paari to capture ‘Rice King’

Kumki elephant Kapil Dev has replaced veteran kumki Paari in the operation to capture the evasive wild tusker ‘Arisi Raja’ in Pollachi, on Wednesday.
Kumki Kapil Dev
Kumki Kapil Dev

Coimbatore

Elephant Paari turned aggressive after it developed ‘musth’ (a surge in hormones) and was taken to Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in Top Slip for rest. Following this, kumki Kapil Dev has now joined kumki Kalim in the operation.

Efforts have been taken to capture the elephant named ‘Arisi Raja’ after it attacked three persons, including a school girl to death, in the last few months. The wild tusker is also habituated to raid farms and damage houses in search of rice and other food items.

The elephant, which remained evasive over the last two days, had strayed into a farm in Andiyur and destroyed plantain and coconut crops around 3 am on Wednesday.

The villagers informed the Forest Department staff camping at Arthanaripalayam in search of the animal. By the time the team reached Andiyur, the jumbo retreated into the forest cover.

Again around 10.30 am, the farmers informed the Forest Department that two elephants were camping near a spot identified as ‘Seruppadi parai.’

Farmers claimed that one of the elephant was ‘Arisi Raja,’ but both the elephants had again retracted into the forest.

Officials said that anti-poaching watchers have been trailing the jumbo and it would be tranquilised once it comes to the plains.

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