27 November 2006

Roaming Elephants

A herd of four elephants damaged crops at Podur in Pennagaram forest area on Saturday. The group of elephants roamed the village early Saturday (November 24th) destroying crops of the cereal ragi. The villagers chased the pachyderms to the forest by frightening them with bursing crackers and fireworks. Officials of Pennagaram Range rushed to the area to assess damage but no loss of life was reported.

I used to regularly visit Sai Baba's elephant Sai Gita when I was staying at his Ashram in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh. I used to visit Sai Gita with bags of carrots, cauliflower and vegetables; just to give her a change from all those bananas which I believe she found rather boring.

I love elephants and personally find stories like the above, rather disturbing as their shrinking habitat is forever shrinking smaller and smaller. Anyhow I plan on collecting more news and updates about the current situation with elephants in the Tiruvannamalai District and as I get it, will report all elephant and animal news on this Blog.


Divyakka said...

Yes, it is a pity when humans take over the animals rightful habitat - then push them out with disturbing firecrackers!

Arunachala Living said...

Yes, thats right and its happening all over the world. People population is growing and the habitat of all other life on the planet is shrinking. Its a desperately process.

Divyakka said...

And a process that will HURT humans in the end. At least many groups are bringing awareness to this issue.

Arunachala Living said...