Krishna – the male wild elephant in Assam, who was captured last week, is undergoing training in the Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve.
The 25-year-old jumbo, which had killed five persons within 24 hours in October in Goalpara district of Assam, was tranquilised and captured inside Kanyakuchi reserve forest by Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika.
As it was captured on the day of Raas Purnima, Hazarika named the jumbo as ‘Krishna’. The local people of Goalpara rejoiced and applauded the MLA for capturing the elephant which created terror in the region. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal too appreciated Hazarika for leading from the front in capturing the ‘rogue’ elephant.
On November 16th, 2019, Hazarika shared a video on Facebook where ‘Krishna’ can be seen drinking water from a tub at the Orang National Park. His legs, however, were tied with chains. “We are hopeful that the elephant will become domesticated within a short period of time,” the MLA wrote on Facebook.
‘Krishna’, as Hazarika said, will be trained to protect people from problematic elephants. The pachyderm, weighing around 5 tonnes, trampled five persons to death in a state of ‘musth’. A massive search operation was launched to capture and tranquilise the jumbo.
Watch the video here:
Photo credit: @hazarikapadma