Treatment begins for injured tusker at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
E.M. Manoj, The Hindu
December 6, 2023
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary officials began treatment for an injured tusker
after tranquilising it on December 6.
The animal was knocked down by a speeding bus on the morning of December 4
while it was crossing the Kozhikode-Kollegal National Highway 766 near
Edathara under the Sulthan Bathery forest range of the sanctuary.
The animal had sustained serious internal injuries on its shoulder,
forelegs, and ribs, apart from outside wounds, warden Dinesh Kumar told The
“We have been closely monitoring the animal for the past two days and found
that it could not move freely, eat anything, or drink water,” Mr. Kumar,
who supervised the operation, said.
Though officials had tried to provide oral medication by mixing medicines
with water and fruits in the last two days, the attempt was in vain.
“We had decided to treat the animal after tranquilising it, though it was a
risky operation,” he said. Operations for chemical immobilisation started
around 9.30 a.m. on December 6. A mild tranquiliser was darted around 12.30
p.m. following another at 1.30 p.m. by a team of veterinarians led by Ajesh
Mohandas, veterinary officer, elephant squad.
The animal was sedated around 2 p.m., and the team began to give medicines
including antibiotics, painkillers and antiseptics. Pus formation on the
elephant’s wounds was also cleared, he added.
The operation was concluded around 3 p.m., and the tusker was finally
released to the Pankalam forest area under the sanctuary, S. Ranjithkumar,
Assistant wildlife warden, said. “The animal started to drink water after
the operation, and we are closely watching the tusker’s movements,” he
“We are planning to give medicines to the animal, aged around 30, orally by
mixing medicines with water and fruits,” Mr. Kumar said. As many as 100
Forest officials, including frontline Forest staff and veterinarians, took
part in the operation with support of three Kumki elephants.