Tranquilized rogue elephant ‘Palakkad Tusker 7’ shifted in Kerala
January 22, 2023
The rogue wild elephant, Palakkad Tusker 7 or PT7, which has been creating
havoc in the Dhoni area of the district, was tranquilized during the early
morning hours on Sunday by the Kerala forest special squad.
After hours of tranquilizing the elephant, it has been pushed into a
special lorry of the forest department with the help of three ‘kumki’
elephants and shifted to the Krall or enclosure for elephants made with
The elephant, according to Dr. Arun Zachariah, Chief Veterinarian with the
forest department, was darted thrice on Sunday morning. The first two were
fired to tranquilize the elephant while the third was fired while the
animal was shifted to the lorry as a booster dose to prevent the elephant
from regaining consciousness and creating mischief.
It may be noted that PT 7 had killed a morning walker, Sivaraman in Dhoni
while he was on an early morning troll and the elephant had crushed him to
Dr. Arun Zachariah while speaking to IANS said, “This elephant was a bull
among other elephants and a tough elephant. However, we planned the
operation meticulously and shot him with the tranquilizer at the right time
and is now shifted to the Krall in the Dhoni forest camp.”
An 82-member special team of the forest department, including the Rapid
Response Team of the forest department, three kumki elephants, and
veterinarians were deployed from Saturday morning onwards to capture the
elephant. However, on Saturday the elephant gave a slip to the officials.
On Sunday, the RRT team tracked and informed the forest team, including Dr.
Arun Zachariah that the elephant was in plain land near a rubber plantation
and the team rushed to the spot by 4.45 a.m. However, the team could fire
the tranquilizer only by 7.10 a.m. as the elephant was in the company of
The elephant will now be closely watched by the forest department in the
Krall and the elephant is periodically being sprayed with water and another
antidote of the tranquilizer will be fired after a couple of hours.
Kerala minister for local bodies, M.B. Rajesh reached the Dhoni camp and
felicitated the forest department officials. The minister also draped Dr.
Arun Zachariah with a ‘Ponnada’. All the officials were felicitated at the
Dhoni camp and slogans were also raised in support of Dr. Arun Zachariah
and his team.
Akhil, son of Sivaraman who was killed by the elephant, while speaking to
IANS said, “It’s a big relief. Even though we will not get our father back,
capturing this elephant, which had wreaked havoc in the Dhoni area, is a
major achievement of the forest department. I do thank everyone involved in
the operation to capture PT 7.