Two wild elephants enter house near Coimbatore
A Subburaj, Times of India
December 9, 2023
Two wild elephants entered a house at Thippanur in Coimbatore district of
Tamil Nadu on Friday night in search of food.
The house belongs to R Vasanth, 42, who is engaged in the sale of used
cars. He is residing in the house with his wife Saranya, oneyear-old
daughter Durgasree and his parents Ramachandran and Shanthamani.
Three wild elephants reached there around 9.30pm and started to damage the
windows. Two elephants entered the hall of the house.
“We did not burst crackers as it might provoke them. We raised an alarm and
beat plates to create sounds. The wild elephants did not care. We locked
ourselves in a bedroom. It was easy for them to break the main wooden
window of the bedroom. However, they did not disturb the bedroom. The
elephants ate fruits and rice from the kitchen. We had kept moringa leaves
on a table and the elephant ate the leaves. They roamed inside the hall and
kitchen for at least an hour,” said Vasanth.
When the elephants finally left, he contacted the police control room. “But
police have not come to our house so far,” Vasanth said on Saturday
There is a WhatsApp group to alert the elephant movements in the locality.
“After the two elephants walked out of my house, I posted an alert in the
WhatsApp group. A team of field staff from Coimbatore forest range came to
my house,” said Vasanth.
The residence is located at least 450 metre away from the forest boundary.
A team of frontline staff would be deployed during night hours in the
locality to monitor elephant movement, forest department officials said.