For the first time, the forest officials are profiling male wild elephants that frequently enter human habitations and raid crops in Coimbatore
Around 9 pm, the elephants entered a brick kiln, and the forest staff managed to chase them away into Adhinarayanan temple forest area near Devarayapuram only around 2.30 am on Tuesday.
The health of wild elephants, including a herd of 22 elephants, are regularly being monitored by the frontline staff at Pethikuttai reserve forest of Sirumugai forest range.
On getting the information, forest officials blocked vehicular movement on the highway from Kuchei chowk to Palabani chowk for about an hour.
There were grievous injuries on the victim's head and face but there were no signs of trampling.
The death of six jumbos in just 10 days led the wildlife activists began raising questions over the alleged negligence shown by the state forest department.
The death of as many as 533 wild elephants, including natural and unnatural deaths, was reported in the past five years in the forests of Kerala, which have around 6,000 elephants.
Over ten elephants from Jeerahalli forest stopped by at Mallankuzhi pond to drink water. This drew the attention of the local people and some of them threw stones at the animals.