KERALA – A wild elephant fond of rice was sedated by forest officials in India. And according to media reports, at least six people were killed in his attack. And then left him in the forest. The male elephant had Aricomban disease. Also known as the “Rice Tasker”, the elephant gained notoriety for robbing rice and other grain stores in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
A team of 150 forest personnel captured him on Saturday after firing five shots with tranquilizers. After much effort, he was forced onto the cart by four reserve elephants – held by the trained elephants of the officials – and his legs were tied. And was blindfolded.
Then the elephant was brought to a nature preserve and it was fitted with a GPS collar.
According to a survey, India is home to more than 60 percent of the world’s wild Asian elephants. According to the 2017 census of wild animals in India, there are 29,964 elephants in India’s population.
Similar incidents have happened in India before also. To its east, a few months back a man-eating lion had killed at least nine people. Who was killed after a lot of pulls.