December 19, 2017
The video of a few unidentified youths taunting a wild elephant in the Thadagam region in the city outskirts has gone viral on social networking sites. They youths were said to be working with brick kilns.
This was the second incident of youths found disturbing the pachyderms in the area. Earlier, three college students were found taking selfies in front of the wild elephants and the forest department punished them.
The video of a youth trying to taunt a cow elephant that caught trapped in a hut, part of a brick kiln, got circulated on social networking sites. The elephant was struggling to come out of the small kiln. The video shows the youth trying to disturb the elephant trying to come out of the low-roofed hut. A youth shooting the video also asks his friend to stay close to the animal to make the scene more daring.
Forest personnel are on a hunt for the miscreants. Disturbing wild animals could turn them hostile towards the humans and was a punishable offence under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, said an official. The forest department plans to conduct awareness programme to stop cruelty against elephants and also have regular patrols.