Coimbatore: A septuagenarian was attacked by a wild elephant at the foothills of Marudhamalai in the early hours of Saturday.
The injured was identified as Sivasubramaniam, 75, of Leprosy Colony.
An official with the Coimbatore forest range said the elderly person was attacked around 4.30am, when he was walking to the Marudhamalai bus stand. A wild elephant which had strayed into the locality suddenly charged towards him and pushed him down with its trunk.
He raised an alarm, following which locals rushed to the spot and chased the elephant away. They called for an ambulance and rushed him to the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital, where his condition is said to be stable. Forst department officials visited Sivasubramaniam in the afternoon.
R Arunkumar, range officer (incharge), Coimbatore forest range, said the forest department had already advised the people in the colony not to venture out early in the morning. He said the villagers were defying their advisory.
“We cautioned them repeatedly, as people cannot spot wild elephants in the dark. They should cooperate with the forest department to prevent man-animal conflicts,” Arunkumar said.

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