Tusker found electrocuted in a banana plantation near Coimbatore

The elephant’s trunk was found in contact with a cable erected around the farm

The elephant’s trunk was found in contact with a cable erected around the farm

A male elephant was found electrocuted on Saturday in a banana plantation in the village of Varappalayam near Coimbatore.

Forest Department officials said the killer was found dead on land belonging to Manoharan, located about 1 km from the forest area of ​​the northern Thadagam reserve.

Senior officials rushed to the scene and inspected the elephant. They discovered that the trunk of the tusker was in contact with an iron cable erected around the farm for electric fencing.

Officials were checking to see if the fence was powered using a DC energizer which is an approved mode of electric fencing that gives a mild, intermittent shock to scare animals away. In normal cases, a fence with alternating current (AC) as the power source will result in electrocution.

But there was no mention of the tusker’s presence on Mr Manoharan’s land according to reports shared by the Forestry Department’s Night Border Patrol Team (BNPT) on WhatsApp group ‘Thadam’.

According to BNPT members, two female elephants and a calf entered Mr. Manoharan’s farm in Varappalayam at around 4am and they were taken back to the forest at 5.30am.

“BNPT staff were in the farm until 5:30 a.m. according to the information they shared on the WhatsApp group. However, there is no mention of the tusker’s presence in the message. The news of the death of the tusker spread through the locality some time later. It should be investigated whether the staff tried to hide information about the death of the tusker or if they did not see the dead animal during their visit. “said a member of the group who did not wish to be named.

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