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Control 'device' for angry Kerala elephants

Oct 05, 2007 01:32 PM IST India India
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Thrissur (Kerala): Mahouts in Kerala are under pressure as there have been several incidents of elephants running amok. The elephants running amok are a threat not only to others but also to themselves. At least six people have died in over 40 such incidents this year in Kerala. And now Mohandas, a mahout at the Guruvayoor Devaswom Board, has come up with a unique solution- a Belt Trap. “I used to tame elephants with chain. But I could chain it only after it destroys things. Then I developed this device. Using it I first tamed Guruvayur Valiya Kesavan,” says Mohandas. At the first sign of trouble the mahout can put the trap around the elephant’s ankle. The trap has nails on the inside so if the elephant tries to move, it may cause it severe pain. Mahouts have welcomed it but animal activists have their reservations. “Three elephants have died in the Guruvayoor temple due to gangrene as their feet fell off. They have been tied with bedis for eight years and never allowed to move. They just died, says Animal Rights Activist, Maneka Gandhi. Yet some veterinary doctors are pitching hard for the Belt Trap. “They are using these capture belts which is very useful for the elephants,” says a veterinary doctor, T C R Nambiar. Despite concerns over its safety the Belt Trap is sure to get more opportunities to prove its mettle once the festive season begins.

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