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Tusker scales sanctuary wall, enters Odisha capital

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 29:

A wild tusker from Bharatpur elephant sanctuary near Odisha capital entered the city and damaged the trees and walls of houses in Baramunda Housing Board colony and Jagannath Vihar late on Saturday night.

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The elephant crawled over the sanctuary gate at about 2 AM on Sunday and was seen roaming around Rental Colony and Jagannath Vihar. Later it broke the wall of Kavita Rout’s house and ransacked the trees there. Besides, it kept pulling down branches from trees on the roadside till dawn when it was noticed by men who were out to pluck flowers.

Forest department officials, however, managed to drive it off to the forest after receiving complaints from locals early in the morning.

It may be noted that there are five elephants camping in the sanctuary in three different groups. The tusker has been living in this sanctuary after two female elephants came to the jungle.

While forest officials were quite relieved as he never stepped out after the females joined him in the jungle, his latest venture out of the jungle on Saturday has created shock waves among locals.

As per sources in the forest department, the trench from Rental colony till Ekamra Park has recently been repaired. This makes sure that elephants cannot get out of the sanctuary. However, this particular elephant crawls over the wall to cross it.

“Every time this tusker comes out of the sanctuary, it causes a lot of damages to trees and attempts to break the walls of households in order to get to the trees inside the compound. It, however, doesn’t exhibit any tendency to attack humans. We have driven it out of the city already and have tightened patrolling,” said Ranger Girish Satapathy.