Jajpur , Jan 27 (LocalWire) A male elephant that killed four villagers including a 12 year old boy during a week long rampage through Jajpur district has been tranquilized on Monday night after a massive operation to capture the tusker .
“We started the operation on 27th January with the expert team including veterinarians from the Nandankanan Biological Park on the ground”.
Forest officials officers tracked the pachyderm through the Kantipur forest using drones and managed to tranquilize the elephant, said Debendra Patnaik the forest range officer of Jajpur Road.
“We would take the elephant’s welfare into account as well as the safety of people living nearby in deciding where it would be relocated.
We suspect the male tusker had got separated from its herd in the Mahagir forest and the male elephant is in a state of ‘musth’, .
Musth is a periodic condition in male elephants characterized by highly aggressive behavior and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones.
Testosterone levels in an elephant in musth can be on average 60 times greater than in the same elephant at other times .
It becomes more aggressive, added the forest officer.
Editing by Meenal Singh