Killer-elephant tranquilised

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Udhagamandalam, Feb 12 (PTI): A wild elephant, which had killed three people, was on Friday tranquilised near Cherampadi, about 85 km from here, sources in the Forest Department said.

The elephant with a single tusk and nicknamed Shankar had killed the three between December 11 and 13 last in the area.

In the wake of the deaths, the villagers demanded the department to catch the animal and take it into camps.

The elephant was found roaming in the forests on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border and was last noticed in Cherampadi on February 4, the sources said.

The forest personnel decided to trap Shankar with the help of tamed elephants, they said.

The forest personnel, including three veterinarians, traced the elephant and tranquilised it, they said.

Five tamed elephants were on the job to take Shankar to a krawl that is getting readied, the sources said.

After a few days, Shankar would be taken to Mudumalai elephant camp, they added. PTI COR NVM NVG NVG