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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.
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.
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.
Palakkad: Two wild tuskers who moved out from the Kaladikode-Dhoni Forest to the residential areas here have started their journey back on Friday evening. One among the pachyderms had trashed to death a CITU worker at Mundur on Tuesday and destroyed a ration shop at Kamba on Thursday. The tuskers had been criss-crossing the residential areas and creating panic since they ventured out of the forest on Tuesday.
Chikkamagaluru: Employing an earthmover to drag timber at coffee plantations is a costly affair for planters, who have to cough up Rs 1,000 an hour. But hiring an elephant for timber work is cheap labour, though illegal. A bull elephant, ferried from Malappuram in Kerala to Chikkamagaluru for the task, has been rescued by forest officials.