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21 September 2005 @ 10:06 pm
The most beautiful tusker I've seen and the most well-behaved one as well. Tall and handsome he was and had a beautiful pair of tusks. As soon as I saw him feeding on the roadside bamboo, my heart pounded with excitement - a tusker in musth - the most unpredictible animal in our forests and the most powerful one as well. He had strength to mow down our flimsy open-top jeep and trample everyone of us to dust if he wished to, yet he walked by calmly and gave us a look or two just to make sure we were not too close to him. It was a wonderful twenty minutes which we had with him and that's never going to happen again.

This beautiful animal was found shot dead a kilometer outside the Bandipur forest boundary this morning. A sad end to a mighty creature.

I'm just a little too disappointed to write anything more. It's as if I've lost someone who I've known for all my life, someone precious. All I can do now is look at his photograph. The return to Bandipur is never going to be the same again.

Bye bye

Current Mood: depresseddepressed
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on September 21st, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
teemus on September 21st, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Pennyaellia on September 21st, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
Pradeep Nalluribrainz on September 21st, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)

May the poachers tribe die!
Praveenpraveenk on September 21st, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
How and why? Was it the poachers or was it some maniac (some people kill leopards which stray out of parks) who killed it bcos it was out of the forest area..
It feels sick to see a wild animal die..
Yathinyathin on September 22nd, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Maybe poachers or even farmers. Nobody knows and no one will. "Investigation is on" and that's the close of chapter... Forest officials will come and go, but the case will be a mystery. :(
Jayseakaredpirk on September 21st, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
ugh..some people suck. such a shame :(
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Dilip Sankarreddydilip on September 22nd, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
Is it for the tusks OR is it becos encroachers of forest land could stand this animal trampling their farms??
Yathinyathin on September 22nd, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
It could be either, the tusks were not removed so it's either a half successful poaching attempt or a farmer. Nobody knows.
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on September 22nd, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm just a little too disappointed to write anything more.

eh_doniaeh_donia on September 22nd, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)
Me too. Its just SO sad.
Sajith T Ssajith on September 22nd, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
A sad day indeed :(

Any amount of spending on wildlife reserves and protection will be incomplete without education and participation of the people that live in the periphery of the forests. This participatory approach more or less works fine in Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala, thanks to some enthusiastic officers who dared the tides (I don't know any of them, but they are my heroes today. May their tribe thrive.) Tribals who were earlier averse to the whole idea now find their livelihood from growing spices, and ex-poachers and cinnamon bark collectors are now wildlife guards.
Yathinyathin on September 22nd, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
In Bandipur too the locals are employed by the forest department, but you know the small pay scales of government jobs...

Bandipur and Nagarhole possibly have the highest density of tuskers (Indian elephants) in the country. As far as I know poaching is still rampant in Kerala and even earlier this year poachers caught in Bandipur were from neighbouring Kerala. The Tusker to non-tusker ratio is something like 1:12 in Bandipur-Nagarhole and in Kerala it is 1:100 (some reports claim 1:200 or more)!!!

And unfortunately Periyar is still rated the worst place to be for a tusker.

Here's an old report: (2001)

The number can only be worse now.

(no subject) - sajith on September 22nd, 2005 04:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - yathin on September 22nd, 2005 04:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on September 22nd, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
oh man.. this is horrible.. Just too sad.. I wish this changes.. :(
Shyam Manifox2mike on September 22nd, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)

Vyshnavivyshnavi on September 22nd, 2005 06:34 am (UTC)
Just look at his smile in the last picture. :(
arucard2 on September 22nd, 2005 07:03 am (UTC)
:( beautiful animal.
preethipreets on September 22nd, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
:( shucks!