Celebrity elephant Ramu opens Kerala festival after ban lifted

Submitted by Naturenomics Team on Fri, 17/05/2019 - 10:28

Partially blind and with a reputation for violence, elderly pachyderm brought back after outcry

For decades Ramu, now in his 50s with the odd grey hair but still instantly recognisable by his broad forehead and aquiline nose, has inaugurated an Indian temple festival by bursting through a huge wooden door and striding imperiously through the crowds to cheering and fireworks.

Elephant picks up, runs off with man defecating in open

Submitted by Naturenomics Team on Fri, 26/04/2019 - 10:28

When a 55-year-old man was defecating in the open in a village in Purulia district of West Bengal, little did he expect an elephant to disturb him in the process.

On Wednesday, at this small village near Ayodhya Hills in Purulia, the man identified as Niranjan Sahish was relieving himself on a field when an elephant approached him out of nowhere and picked him up on its trunk, reported The Times of India.

As both the elephant and the man panicked, the animal ran around the field carrying Sahish on its trunk and dropped him at a distance.

Kerala Temple Sets An Example By Replacing Elephants With Wooden Structures For Festivals

Submitted by Archiver on Wed, 24/10/2018 - 06:23

Elephants are the vital part of temple festivals in Kerala. They are used as a tribute to the God and are major attractions during these festivals. Most of the elephants are kept in captivity. The abuse and isolation that they have to face have been a much-debated topic.

But Nalapathenneeswaram Sree Mahadeva Temple in Cherthala, situated in Alappuzha district has decided to go against the tides as they said that they will replace elephants with wooden structures.

Kerala floods leave trail of destruction in forests; elephants, tigers among several animals killed

Submitted by Archiver on Wed, 24/10/2018 - 05:31

Editor's note: Described as one of the worst since 1924 by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the rains in Kerala have left over 350 dead and rendered thousands of people homeless. According to the latest tally, 80,000 have been rescued so far. Over 1,500 relief camps have been set up across the state that currently house at least 2,23,139 people.

Elephant on parade kills mahout

Submitted by Archiver on Wed, 24/10/2018 - 05:31

This is the second time tusker Ukkan Kunju was killing its mahout

A mahout was gored to death by the elephant he handled early on Tuesday morning as he tried taming the pachyderm that was being taken out on a ceremonial procession at Masthan Ouliya Mosque at Melarkkad, near Alathur, here.

The death occurred at 3 a.m. when the animal ran amok while being caparisoned by the mahout and his two helpers for the religious festival.

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