Camp Elephant gored by Wild Tusker inside Anamalai Tiger Reserve

A camp elephant at Kozhikamudhi camp
Ramki Sreenivasan
Attacks by wild tuskers on camp elephants are not uncommon.

A 22-year old female camp elephant was gored by a wild tusker in the Kozhikamudhi camp near Top Slip of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve. Around 20 elephants were grazing near the camp area, when a rogue tusker that was in search of a mate attacked and injured the female elephant on its back, sides, neck and abdomen. The mahouts from the camp, rushed to the elephants help on hearing it trumpeting in pain. The elephant was rescued and is being treated. Two female elephants have been gored in a similar fashion in the past at Kozhikamudhi, while a young male was gored to death in Sethumadai.

The elephants in camp are typically used for elephant safaris. These elephants are also used for rescue and chasing operations when wild elephants stray into human habitations.

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