Kannan, a native of Kumily, has been working with the forest department for 18 years. Though he comes across wild elephant herds on most of the days, Kannan said that this was the first time he had been attacked.
For Sajayan, the 45-year-old tusker of Adinadu Shaktikulangara Devi Temple, help came from across oceans, after he was diagnosed with glaucoma, a group of conditions that damage the optic nerve.
Many such establishments now sport trellis-like structures of barbed wire to keep marauding wild elephants at bay.
Even though the elephant is honoured as the official animal of Kerala State, they are often subjected to torture and improper treatment.
In just 2 minutes and 58 seconds this Kindergarten student can recite the names of 109 elephants in Kerala
Now, there are 480 captive elephants, as per the state government data. But elephant lovers point out that only 461 remain.
Wildlife protection officials told a press briefing the elephants safely crossed a bridge over the Yuan River, returning south towards a nature reserve administered by the city of Puer.
The wild elephant was caught by the Forest Department personnel on May 5, 2021 as it was roaming in Masinagudi in Nilgiri district for a long period.
A savage virus that kills quickly like Ebola stalks the baby elephants kept in Thiruvananthapuram district's Kottur Elephant Rehabilitation Centre.
Experts are continuing to work on plans to guide the elephants' migration, and precaution measures have been taken to ensure the safety of both the animals and local residents.