We swung into action to protect ourselves and thanks to our very decisive and resourceful neighbour, Kasim Seth (we bought the land from his family), we had a make-shift electric fence ready by evening. Here it is and we felt much safer whether it may really work on not we don’t know. One night with no sign of elephants but they are still just above.
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A baby hare was found somewhere in the middle of our herb plants just behind our farm house. A bit surprising because the hares keep a very safe distance from our house mostly. We only see them at night on the road leading up to our farm house. Anyway it seemed to be perfectly healthy. Yes Rhea our doggy checked that out for us.
This is getting serious – Last night at 2:15 am, we woke to a glass shattering sound coming from my office room. As I ran towards it I realised it was not a robber but an elephant. Decided not to run into my room and came back to the bedroom just in time to see the elephant snorting and running, agitated across our lawn to the back of the house.
We waited for a long time in silence and made sure that Rhea did not bark as she was excited to see us up at that time in the night. I went to Zayn’s room to get her to our room and all slept in our room.
Later I realised that the elephant was scared itself by the sound of the glass breaking and took off away from the house.
Forest officials were called in the morning and they are planning to get some tribals to coax the animal away from this place in a direction where I hear there are ample forests.
A group of elephants decided to check out our Tea Garden cottage this evening after a night of stomping around our farmhouse. They broke our fence all around the pond which itself was looking muddy. I have a feeling they may even have swum in it. Then they left a pile of dung at our door steps to let us know they were there. Below they are seen checking out some tasty grass in the middle of our lower pond while Tina and Shumita ( a friend from Delhi) watch them. No they are not as close to the elephants as it seems in the photo because of the tele lens.
As I type this they are somewhere around outside. Wonder what they are going to pull down tonight.
Yes finally the elephants made their grand entry into Acres Wild today. They took their time hanging around the lower edge of the boundary for 2 days. This morning it became certain that they planned to come into our farm and slowly they did. I had to wait quite a bit to get this photo as they were not in a posing mood. Keeping their heads down in the shrubs, pointing their butts at us and walking in a way that they covered each other. Finally I got this shot – 4 of them and they are still around. The forest officials still trying to get them back down to the forest and the TV News Channel people making most of the excitement as they interviewed our staff and others here.
So it finally happened again this year – 5th year in a row. The elephants are back up here in my neighbours plot just below Acres Wild. They skirted out place and went up to UPASI which is the tea organisation here.
There are 3 of them. Would be interesting to check out if it is the same family that first came here in 2006. Then they certainly have remembered and marked this place to visit each year.
The forest officers, I think, are trying to send them off down again. This time I am a little concerned as we have made many more structures like gazebos and our vegetable fencing etc. Have noticed they like to excercise by pulling down anything standing vertical 🙂
I had seen this kind of deer a couple of times in Acres Wild but was not ready with a camera. the first time I mistook it for one of our goats. After getting it on camera I did a bit of research and realised that it is a barking deer, also known as Kakad or Muntjac.
Now I remember the instance when a family that works with us was staying here at the farm at night. They got scared by this barking sound and thought that it was some pranksters trying to scare them. It all makes sense now.
The second day after record breaking rains in Coonoor and Nilgiris we stepped out to check the damages. Fallen boulder just at our entrance blocking the road so no driving out for a while, several cracks in our walls and in the earth and roads where it was softened enough to move. While we were prowling for such signs near our lower cottage we came across these pug marks in the soft soil. First we thought they were panther pug marks but then Tina pointed out some kind of mark in the centre in the front of the pug mark. Could be a bear but where are the other nail marks. Still trying to figure that out. The heavy rain had upset the animals a bit too it seems as we saw a huge owl in the day time. Tried taking a photo with my iphone but failing light and no zoom so only I can make out that dark shape on the branch is an owl so no point putting it here.
A bear was spotted this morning by the workers working on the lower cottage. I just got to hear about it late in the evening. Will get the finer details from them tomorrow and add here like the color and size and what it was doing etc.
Finally it had to be done. The forest officials had to administer a tranquiliser first and once over-powered, the elephant was loaded onto a specially prepared truck to be taken back to the forests lower in the plains – maybe Madhumalai. The poor beast was looking haggard and weak but put up a small token resistance before entering the truck by digging his snout into the side and avoiding being pushed in for a while. I am sure he will recover soon once he reaches his home-ground but I am also sure he will come back with the herd and many more in the years to come. At Acres Wild they are welcome though we have to learn how to co-exist while they are around.
Drugged and chained.
Elephant being pulled towards truck.
Last bit of resistance to enter truck.
Some pushing needed to get him in the truck.