Kochi: Incidents of elephants on rampage are on the rise in Kerala. There have been at least 359 instances of captive elephants being paraded going on the rampage, claiming a total of six lives in three months.
On Wednesday, an elephant ran amok and killed its owner at Erattupetta. Babu Thomas (52) was feeding the tusker, Keechanparamban Sekharan, jackfruit when the elephant suddenly turned violent, hit him with trunk and gored him. Another such incident was also reported from Kalady in Ernakulam district on the same day.
In a tragic incident, a veterinary surgeon was on January 11 trampled to death by a tusker while he was trying to tranquilize it at Vaipur, near Mallappally in Pathanamthitta. This was the first incident of elephant rampage in the year 2015.
Dr. C. Gopakumar (47), the victim, was a surgeon at the Govt Veterinary Hospital, Mallappally and the coordinator of elephant squad of the Animal Husbandry Department.
Such incidents on the rise are causing a wave of concern. The experts attribute the rise in temperature this year as one among many reasons that leads the tuskers run amok.
Though there are many stringent rules and regulations to prevent such incidents, the big question is how much of it is followed on the ground.