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Tanneer Kompan’s Tragedy: A Heartfelt Tale of Loss and Conservation Challenges

Exploring the Captured Elephant's Journey, Grief in Mysore, and Urgent Calls for Wildlife Protection Reevaluation

Mysore: The demise of Tanneer Kompan, the majestic elephant ensnared by drug-induced tranquillity, permeates through the community. The sorrow is palpable, echoing the sentiments of locals who feared and empathized with the captured giant.

Key Points:

  • Tanneer Kompan, the elephant captured in Mananthavadi, collapses after the Rampura camp in Bandipur transports it.
  • Authorities investigated the sudden death, speculating on factors such as dehydration and the impact of drugs used during capture.
  • Wildlife conservationists, led by activist Joseph Hoover, criticized the forest department’s handling of human-animal conflicts.

Transported to the Rampura camp in Bandipur by an elephant ambulance, Tanner Kompan’s hopeful anticipation of a safe sanctuary quickly gives way to despair as the colossal creature collapses. A tragic twist unfolds as officials from the Karnataka Forest Department reveal that the elephant’s horn became entangled upon reaching the Rampura camp, rendering it incapable of rising. A poignant pause, and then it tilted.

Amid the sorrow, an urgent investigation into the cause of Tanneer Kompan’s sudden demise takes centre stage. Authorities, while maintaining no external injuries or apparent health issues, speculate on different factors. They speculated it was dehydration and the potential impact of drugs administered during the capture.

The grief in Mananthavadi is profound, a stark contrast to the initial relief that Tanneer Kompan had been safely captured. Locals, who regarded him as a gentle giant, express their sadness at the bent horn, symbolizing his docility and harmlessness to the community.

As Wayanad DFOs and the Elephant Squad’s core team descend upon Rampura, post-mortem proceedings unfold, scrutinized by Kerala and Karnataka forest department officials. The veterinary team notes the elephant’s apparent normalcy until its handover, attributing the observed fatigue to the soothing effects. However, hints of dehydration and a reluctance to consume food and water cast shadows over its physical well-being.

Experts posit that dehydration could be exacerbated by the elephant’s 15-hour stand in Mananthavadi without access to adequate water. Continuous soil throwing, a sign of electrolyte imbalance, adds to the conjecture of a potential heart attack. The post-mortem report promises to unveil the truth behind this tragic episode.

In Karnataka, wildlife conservationists raise a chorus of criticism, decrying the perceived shortcomings of forest departments in safeguarding animal lives during human-animal conflicts. Joseph Hoover, a vocal activist, called for an in-depth inquiry, citing the absence of monitoring systems, including radio collars.

This marks the second drugging of Tanneer Kompan within a month. This harrowing ordeal began in the Belur Estate in Karnataka and concluded with his release into Bandipur forest via Mananthavadi. A painful recurrence, an undeniable link between tranquillity and heartache.

As Mananthavadi mourns the loss of a majestic creature, questions linger about the cost of capturing wildlife, the efficacy of forest management, and the delicate balance between conservation and human safety. An urgent plea emerges from Tanneer Kompan’s demise for introspection, accountability, and reevaluating wildlife conservation strategies. While unveiling the tragedy, the narrative underscores the need for a comprehensive understanding of both elephants’ challenges and those striving to protect them.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a seasoned Political Journalist with a deep passion for Indian Politics. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted… More »

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