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.