Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary receives data from a radio collar attached to the body of the arikomban. Arikomban is centered around Upperkothayar Dam, which is not far from the Kerala border. Upperkothayar Dam is an area with abundant food and water. Arikomban remains here because of favorable factors including food.
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There are other elephants along with the elephants that remain in the vicinity of Upperkothayar Dam. For the last two months, Arikomban has been coming to the dam area along with other elephants. Most of the time the rice plant remains in this area. For the first three months, the wild elephant was seen alone in the Upper Kothayar region, later it was seen that it got along with other elephants and stayed with them.
The Tamil Nadu Forest Department is handing over the information related to the rice plant to the Thiruvananthapuram Wildlife Warden. There are no settlements near the area where rice fields continue. From here the distance to Kerala border is only 23 km. However, due to the abundance of steep areas, there is no possibility of rice paddy reaching the Kerala border. The Tamil Nadu Forest Department says that there is no possibility of rice paddies, which have adapted to the Upper Kothayar region, where water and food are abundant, to reach the Kerala border. As the discussions about health intensified, the authorities informed that Arikompan has no health problems. In the background of a picture released by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, there was a strong campaign that Arikomban was tired and his health had deteriorated due to continuous drug use. With this, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department has released another image of the paddy along with health information.
Arikompan, who was arrested and deported by the forest department from Chinnakanal after the order of the court, had landed in Kampam town of Tamil Nadu on May 27 and caused damage. There was an atmosphere of panic for several hours in the crowded area of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Vehicles were also destroyed. Then Arikompan was arrested by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department at gunpoint and brought to Upper Kothayar.
Later, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department was able to send the rice paddies back to the valley after reaching the Ooth and Nalumuk estates in Manchola, Tamil Nadu, where the workers live, causing panic. In the first phase, about thirty five people including officers were watching Arikomban. The number of people in the group has been reduced as Arikomban has adapted to the forest, but monitoring based on information from radio collars continues.
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